JONATHAN LASTER LERNER
May 13, 1955 to January 13, 2018
By George Marshall Lerner
Achieved heights few could match
Jonathan Laster Lerner, 62, passed away from a rare form of cancer, on January 13, 2018, in Chicago, IL. At 6-feet tall and built like a tank, he enjoyed a thirty-five-year career as a commodities trader. Priding himself on never having been shoved out of the way, or muffled during the harangues at each closing bell, he achieved heights few people could match on the trading floor.
The son of immigrants, Jonathan was born in Port Washington, NY, on May 13, 1955 to Reby Lerner, a housewife, and Joseph Lerner, a veteran of World War II, who served in the Third Infantry Division. The eldest of three brothers, he attended Paul Schreiber High School, where he graduated with honors, in 1972.