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Audrey G. Ratner Biography

Audrey G. Ratner graduated with honors from Loyola University of Chicago in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Ratner is a lifelong champion and supporter of access to education. She has provided generous financial support to student scholarships and the School of Education at Loyola. Ratner is the recipient of the Heart of Loyola Award, presented to women and men who exemplify the core values of Jesuit education in service to others. She was on the Visiting Committee to the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.

Mrs. Ratner was a teacher for many years at Francis W. Parker School where she taught middle school language arts and the Gillingham method of reading for junior kindergarten through fifth grade. She also served on the Education Council and Curriculum Committee of the middle school, where she helped create new approaches to academic procedures. While at Francis W. Parker, Ratner was a member of the Francis W. Parker School Board of Trustees and now serves as trustee emeritus. Ratner and her family are major contributors to the Francis W. Parker School.

Mrs. Ratner was also a teacher for a residential unit at the Jewish Children’s Bureau of Chicago.

Mrs. Ratner has extensive volunteer experience. She has served on the governing board of the Chicago Symphony. In Oberlin, Ohio, Ratner formed and led the World Politics Discussion Group as part of the adult education program of the University of Chicago.

Mrs. Ratner relocated to Cleveland in 1980, where she currently serves on the board of trustees of the Musical Arts Association of The Cleveland Orchestra and is a member of its Executive, Education, and Nominating & Governance committees. She was a founding member of a committee that introduced a special program to the Cleveland Public Schools, which utilized Cleveland Orchestra musicians to bring classical music into the classroom.

Mrs. Ratner is an adviser to The Ratner School, where she works with groups in Cleveland to improve the local public school system. She has also been involved in Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland, the Ginn Academy, The Hawken School, and Laurel School.

Mrs. Ratner has served on several committees of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, including the Russian Resettlement Committee and the budget committee. Mrs. Ratner and her family are founding members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Ratner served on the board of directors of John Carroll University for 31 years, where she was a member of the student affairs committee, the nominating committee, and the governance committee, and she currently serves as director emeritus.

In 2008, Mrs. Ratner’s daughter, Karen Pritzker, established the “Audrey G. Ratner Professorship in Learning Development at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.” Mrs. Ratner is also active in the International Dyslexia Association of Northern Ohio.

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