Victor J. Cacciatore was a double DePaul alumnus who become a very successful businessman, attorney, public servant and devoted family man. He got his business degree in 1952 and graduated from the DePaul Law School in 1955. His regard for his alma mater made Mr. Cacciatore one of the greatest benefactors to DePaul University.
"As an attorney with a law office on South Wells Street, he represented Shell Oil for 28 years and at one time represented five oil companies. Some of his other clients included the FDIC, a large number of banks, the Chicago Park District, the Midwest Stock Exchange, Illinois Housing Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, Federal Express, Chicago Title & Trust Company, DePaul and Mt. Carmel High School." "In 1986 he was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of Illinois, and he has represented seven other governmental agencies."
For all he had accomplished in enhancing the university's academics, facilities and athletics department, Mr. Cacciatore was inducted on Jan. 20, 2013 into the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award.
Among his endowments to the Law School are the Victor J. Cacciatore Annual Scholarship Award and the Joseph Cacciatore Classroom.
A quote from a DePaul Law School Magazine item in 2003, indicates the regard that Mr. Cacciatore had for DePaul's mission which he made his own.
"I went to DePaul at a time when you practically had to carry your chair from classroom to classroom. It was after World War II and the school was inundated with returning soldiers with GI Bills. DePaul, through the Vincentian mission, has always aimed to provide an excellent education to those who can least afford it. I identify with that mission because that is the American philosophy—we are always rooting for the underdog. DePaul embraces that philosophy, which is what makes it such a significant school."
(dialogue , The Magazine of DePaul University College of Law, spring/summer 2003 p. 12 )
Mr. Cacciatore passed away on Monday, Dec. 30 after a long battle with cancer. He will be missed and long remembered.