The Board and staff of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants extends their deepest sympathies and gratitude to Mrs. Rose Shure and Mr. Sidney Shure for the significant bequest made upon her death this year. Her gift will support the immigrant legal assistance program serving individuals seeking protection and safety in the United States.
Born Rose Langer in Dubuque, Iowa, her father bought and sold rags and scrap metal from a horse-drawn cart, according to her niece, Barbara Levy. “She grew up extremely poor in Dubuque,” Levy said. “She told me she didn’t think her father ever made more than $1,000 in a year.”
Her parents believed in education and encouraged their children to go to college. Shure started college in Dubuque during the Depression but her studies were interrupted for several years while she got enough money to finish her education.
She worked in a civil service job in Washington, D.C., and in Chicago where a sister lived before finishing her studies with a year at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where in the mid-1940s she got a degree in business. By early 1949, she was back in Chicago and working as an executive assistant to Sidney Shure. The two married in 1954. The company, then known as Shure Brothers, Inc., had already become the largest maker of phonograph cartridges in the U.S., according to the company’s timeline. That growth followed the company’s success in producing microphones for military use in World War II.
Mrs. Shure was a supporter of Chicago cultural institutions, including museums, theaters and music organizations among many other interests. “Her love above all else was Lyric Opera of Chicago,” Levy said, “and she loved the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Goodman Theatre.”
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg met Shure a couple of years ago when he paid a visit to her while she was hospitalized. “After about 10 minutes, I realized I was going to get a lot more out of this visit than she could ever get out of me,” he said.
Goldberg called Shure a values-based leader, “who really led from certain principles — ethical and idealistic principles. She was one of those.”
Shure, Goldberg said, always had a vision. “She never let herself become obsolete. Not only was she working, but she was always caring, always learning, and she was always bringing people with her.” Mrs. Shure was predeceased by her husband Sidney in 1995.
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