Robert E. Mars

Robert E. Mars, 82, a longtime Hinsdale resident, passed away peacefully Jan. 2, 2022.

Bob was born in 1939 to George and Maline Mars.

He grew up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago and graduated from Loyola University Chicago. After starting his career at Arthur Andersen, he followed his dream to live on a ranch and be a cowboy. After a year at the Two Bars Seven (=7) Ranch in Wyoming, Bob returned to Chicago and began his tenured career at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he ultimately rose to chief financial officer and executive vice president for administrative affairs.

Bob loved the arts, music, horses, the White Sox and talking with his friends multiple times each day. Bob was unfailingly kind and generous to all.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Mars, nee Compton; his stepson, Christopher (Molly) Ericson; his grandchildren, John, Elizabeth, and Luke; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 7, at Sullivan Funeral Home Hinsdale, 60 S. Grant St.

A funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home.

Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Professional Firefighter’s Association, Attn. Chief John Giannelli, 121 Symonds Dr., Hinsdale, IL 60521; or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (online at