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“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Corley family. Whle Mr. Corley was an expert on why things fall down, he was also clearly an expert on how...Read More »
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“Heartfelt condolences to Gene’s wife, Lynd, and to his family. As a retired CTLGroup Sr. Principle, who, on occasion during my working tenure,...Read More »
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“My sincere heartfelt condolences to the entire Corley family. Gene was a special person in my professional career - a willing and generous mentor and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Lee Gerken - Fort Lauderdale, FL

“I had the privilege of meeting Gene while serving on the board of NCSEA and spent numerous days serving with him on the past presidents committee and...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Bob Paullus - Olive Branch, MS

“Dear Lynd and family, Gene certainly will be missed by many. His legacy lives on through his beautiful family and through the fruits of his...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Richard and Linda Fahey - IL


Dr. W. Gene Corley of Glenview, IL passed away peacefully on March 1, 2013. He was 77 years old. Gene was the son of the late Clarence W. and Mary Douthit Corley of Shelbyville, IL. He was married to Lynd Wertheim Corley for 53 years. Dr. Corley was currently employed as a Senior Vice President of the CTL Group.

He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1954. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering ('58), M.S. in Structural Engineering ('60) and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering ('61) from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL. He was president of the Varsity Men's Glee Club, Bronze Tablet, ROTC, and a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity. He was a captain in the Army Corp of Engineers at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Gene served as an elder and deacon of Northminster Presbyterian Church, Evanston, IL, a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Boy Scout Webelo leader, President Cook County District Board the American Red Cross, President of the District 34 Caucus, President Association House Board of Directors. Member of the Kaskaskia and New Buffalo Yacht Clubs.

Dr. Corley is one of the world's foremost experts in analyzing buildings damaged by bombs, earthquakes, fire and tornadoes. He led the federal investigation into the September 11, 2001, collapse of the World Trade Center's twin towers. He also conducted the investigation of the 1995 collapse of part of the Murrah Federal Building caused by the Oklahoma City bombing, and served as expert advisor during the investigation and trial resulting from the 1993 fatal fire at the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas.

He is survived his wife Lynd, children Anne Corley Baum wife of Bradley in Bethlehem, PA, Bob and wife Chris Corley of Arlington Heights, Scott and wife Melissa Corley of Glenview; nine grandchildren: Reed, Shay, Catie, Matthew, Samantha, Clare, William, Charlotte and Lilly; sister and brother in laws Libby and Ed Lenz of East Peoria, IL, Connie and Tom Wertheim of Atlanta, IL; nieces Amy Wertheim of Atlanta, IL, Julie and husband Erin Mulliken of Bloomington; nephews Greg Wertheim of Bloomington and Andrew and wife Jill Lenz of Dallas, TX; great nieces Annika and Tatum; great newphews Nic and Jack.

Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2013 4 PM until time of funeral service 7 PM at N.H. Scott and Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Road (just south of Lake Ave. on west side), Glenview. Interment will be Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Glenwood Cemetary, Shelbyville, IL following visitation 12-2 pm at Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, MC-386, Urbana, IL 61801 or Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Ct, Glenview, IL 60025 or carecenter.org/make-a-gift.

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