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Louis "Bobby" Slotkin



Louis "Bobby" Slotkin, 51, of Evanston, Illinois and Greenwood Village, Colorado, died on 31 March 2023.

The Funeral was held at Am Shalom in Glencoe, Illinois on Wednesday, 05 April 2023 at 11:30 AM .

Louis (Bobby) Slotkin, 51, of Evanston, Illinois and Greenwood Village, Colorado, died on March 31, 2023, following a valiant battle with colon cancer. Louis was born in Detroit, Michigan, and spent an idyllic childhood in Glencoe, Illinois.

The son of a classical pianist, Louis was a masterful, self-taught guitarist who found joy and solace in filling his life with music and sharing it with others. A devoted Chicago Cubs fan, Louis remained allegiant to his team through the years, and experienced the thrill of a lifetime in 2016 when his beloved Cubs clinched the World Series.

Louis was a Francophile. He reveled in the culture, the language, the food, and most of all, the joie de vivre. It began with a séjour in Aix-en-Provence, and continued to Paris, where he landed his first job with Ogilvy. Louis spoke French with an aplomb few Americans reach, something that made him very proud.

There were no places more sacred to Louis than the family cottage on Lake Margarithe in Michigan and the Marks family home in Colorado. In Michigan, he spent his summers adrift on the pontoon boat, and winters on the ice, angling for pike and walleye. In Colorado, he spent his days snowshoeing with his family and singing his favorite songs at the base of Beaver Creek.

Louis was a world-class visionary and strategist, with an illustrious career in advertising. His grand opus was the creation of Highdive Advertising in Chicago. As Managing Partner, Louis helped develop work that won several Super Bowl awards and top recognition from Ad Age.

Famous for his rousing collaborative whiteboard sessions and his ability to transfer enthusiasm to others, Louis led with humility, and took pride in seeing ideas, teams, and talent thrive. Louis's true gift was to see potential, and to doggedly ensure that potential was elevated through coaching talent. As such, he altered the trajectory of many careers and lives, and his impact will continue to spread like brushfire. He was one of the industry's all-time brightest stars, though he never would have told you so. Louis is a legend.

One of Louis's greatest legacies was his ability to connect with people - and to connect his people. Louis was the glue, the bridge, the conduit, the catalyst. He was a stranger to no one and a comrade and confidant to all. To know Louis was to be enraptured by him - his magnetism, his depth, his passion, his radiant smile, his wit, his warmth, his charisma, his sensitivity, his unwavering integrity, his relentless pursuit of truth, his infectious positivity. Louis had a twinkle in his eye that could set the whole world ablaze. He ignited a flame in everyone he met.

Above all else, no one was more devoted to his people than Louis. He would drop everything to be there for someone in a time of need or celebration. Louis always showed up, with a depth and intensity that made you feel like the ground beneath you was solid. Louis protected his people, even when they didn't know they needed protection. He could see danger or sadness looming, and shielded his loved ones from pain. Louis's family always knew they had a guardian angel watching over them. Louis was everyone's hero.

Louis was the devoted son of the late Donald Slotkin, and is survived by his dear mother, Lorraine Marks; brothers, Douglas (Susan) Slotkin and Steven (Elisabeth) Slotkin; step-mother, Edie Slotkin; nephew and nieces, Sam, Mira, and Melanie Slotkin; uncles and aunts, Stanley and Sharon Marks, Curtis and Carole Slotkin, Todd and Judy Slotkin, and Pamela Slotkin; beloved cousins, Lyndee Berkley, Ashley Marks, and Elissa, Keith, Trevor, Daniel, Matthew, William, Thomas, and Peter Slotkin; grandnephew, Xander and step-siblings, Jim (Elyse) Mitthenthal, Bob (Hilarie) Mittenthal, and Jan (David) Rosen. Louis was the cherished nephew of the late Mitchell Slotkin, and proud uncle of the late Katie Slotkin. Louis is also survived by many adoring colleagues and clients, his cherished medical team at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and countless treasured friends from all stages of life, including childhood, New Trier High School, University of Michigan, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, New York, Rancho La Puerta, and everywhere in between.

Services will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 11:30 AM CT at Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, IL. The service will be live-streamed on Bobby's webpage at www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Glencoe Public Library, www.glencoelibrary.org. Info: The Goldman Funeral Group (847) 478-1600.