Ronald Arthur Rolighed, Chicago business leader and loving husband, father, uncle, colleague and friend, passed away of natural causes on March 28, 2022, while on a daily walk with his faithful hunting dog, Shelby. Ron, 53, was a longtime resident of Winnetka and Northfield, Ill. Ron was born on August 15, 1968, in Moline, Ill., and grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa. He was the son of the late Floyetta and Wendell Rolighed. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Northern Iowa, Ron immersed himself in economic policy. He worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in Des Moines, Iowa, before receiving an MBA in corporate finance and financial economics from the Kelley School of Business and Indiana University. He went on to gain expertise in sophisticated risk assessment and international financial regulation at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where he was a Financial Markets Officer and Director of Quantitative Risk Assessment. As the designated risk assessment liaison to the Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, DC, Ron advised members of the Board of Governors on derivative pricing and reported to Alan Greenspan, thirteenth chair of the Federal Reserve. During a secondment from the Federal Reserve in London, Ron worked for the Securities and Futures Authority of the UK, where he served as Deputy Director, Financial Risk Assessment. Always eager to learn new skills, Ron went on to work for ABN AMRO (formerly Chicago Corp.), where he headed the Risk Management area and flourished under the mentorship of Jack Wing and Duke Chapman. Ron later chose to pursue a new challenge and became a Portfolio Manager at Stafford Trading, where he credited long hours at the arbitrage desk with teaching him the core skills that would benefit his career. Combining what he learned in his policy work and financial analysis with those skills from the exchange floor, Ron became Partner and Managing Director at Aurora Investment Management, where his natural ability to communicate complex information clearly allowed him to grow the business rapidly, gaining clients around the globe, including Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Middle East. He helped grow the business to a top-ten fund of hedge funds nationally during his tenure. After serving as co-founder and Managing Partner at Mira Capital Advisors and heading business development for Victory Park Capital, Ron became a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he was Head of Institutional Client Business-Central US. Ron was married to his beloved wife of 26 years, Glo Rolighed, née Van Vlack, with whom he created a joyful life and loving partnership. He was a dedicated father to their two cherished daughters, Hannah and Amelia, both of whom were his ultimate pride. Ron loved watching their vocal and theatrical performances, sharing his passion for the Minnesota Vikings with Hannah, and cooking the perfect filet mignon with Amelia-even via FaceTime while she was attending college in Ireland. He also relished in his role as “Uncle Cupcake.” An Eagle Scout, Ron believed God and family came above all else. Ron was a man of many interests, which is hardly surprising given his boundless energy and voracious appetite for learning. An avid reader, he was drawn to historical biographies, always looking to learn lessons from exemplary lives. Whether delving into religious texts or unwinding with historical nonfiction, Ron never stopped learning, growing, exploring, and evolving. Intrigued by genealogy, Ron tracked his ancestry. Fittingly for a man surrounded by strong women, he discovered that he was a direct descendant of Mary Chilton Winslow, who arrived on the Mayflower and was the first British woman to step foot on Plymouth Rock. Always athletic, Ron was drawn to the skill and competition of sports. He vividly remembered winning the 1985 state championship with his Pleasant Valley football teammates and was proud to have hit a hole-in-one on a 189-yard hole at his cherished Glen View Club. Ron appreciated nature-whether climbing Mount Rainier, pheasant hunting with his favorite four-legged friend, or fly fishing in New Zealand, Belize, Michigan, Iowa and Wyoming. While his music playlist revealed him to be a country boy at heart, he also loved the performing arts, thanks to his wife’s talents in theater and opera. The Lyric Opera of Chicago, where Glo is a member of the Women’s Board, held a special place in Ron’s heart. In 1994, his season tickets allowed him to court Glo, and they fell in love.” Ron also supported Glo’s work with the Piven Theatre Workshop Board of Directors, the Women’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the Women’s Board of Northwestern University. He was a benefactor of many nonprofit organizations and worthy causes. Ron served on the Board of the Hartless Foundation, and he was a member of Halter Wildlife in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. and the Glen View Club in Golf, Ill. Ron embraced many simple pleasures: tailgating at the Northwestern football games, judging the chili contest, smoking ribs on the Big Green Egg, crafting a delicate Julia Child masterpiece, making custom golf clubs, dressing to the nines, enjoying a cigar with friends, and roaring down the road in his custom red V-10 Jeep. Although Ron was a magnetic speaker and a commanding presence in the boardroom, he was an even better listener who took a genuine interest in those he met. He maintained friendships with people from every phase of his life. Those who encountered Ron recognized the love in his heart and the sparkle in his eye. To all who knew him, he was the warmest, kindest, and most dedicated of friends. Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Floyetta Rolighed, and his father, Wendell Rolighed. He is survived by his wife, Glo, and two daughters, Hannah and Amelia of Northfield, Ill.; mother-in-law, Jan Van Vlack, of Northfield, Ill.; brother-in-law, Philip A. Van Vlack, IV, sister- in-law, Kate Van Vlack and his precious nieces and nephew, Alexandra, Philip and Penelope Van Vlack of Winnetka, Ill. A memorial service to celebrate Ron’s life will be held on June 5, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth, Ill 60043. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: The Glen View Club Scholarship Foundation (www.gvcscholarship.com) or Lyric Opera of Chicago (www.lyricopera.org/support-lyric/donate/) Info: donnellanfuneral.com or (847) 675-1990.
Published by Chicago Tribune on Apr. 10, 2022.