John Carroll, a force at Modern Luxury, has died
August 25th, 2016
UPDATED Aug. 28, 2016.
John Carroll, the longtime publisher of Modern Luxury’s CS magazine, has died, according to family members and friends. He was 59.
“It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I let you all know that we have lost our beloved brother last night,” wrote his sister, Colleen Carroll Witt, on her Facebook page. “John Davenport Carroll was truly a one of a kind dynamic personality…one that we will forever cherish and love deeply. The pain he suffered with the horrific disease, frontal temporal dementia was too much to endure. My heart is hurting for the many people who will miss him, but we are thankful to God for all the wonderful memories, the many times he touched us in countless ways and the way he made us laugh. May you rest in peace, Johnny.”
Megan Kulick, Carroll’s daughter and an employee of Crain’s Business, told the publication that her father “took his own life in the face of his diagnosis” of the terminal disease.
Carroll’s Facebook page is full of remembrances tonight as friends are learning of his death. They follow videos he had posted just days ago of his grand-daughter.
The Chicago magazine publisher had taken a leave from Modern Luxury last year. He had been with the company since 2004 after serving as publisher of Chicago magazine from 1992 to 2004.
Carroll, a Purdue University grad, was a notable name on Chicago’s civic scene for decades. Under his direction, Modern Luxury promoted and showcased charity balls and galas hosted by nonprofit organizations around town. Those organizations fought hard for his and the magazine’s attention.
Their loyalty was returned with full-page spreads of events in glossy color. It’s a publishing model that newspapers have tried to mimic for years but could never quite match. Carroll recognized the importance of giving grand space to the society scene.
Richard Babcock, former editor of Chicago magazine, wrote a lovely tribute.
“It would be wrong to call John a sybarite—he labored too hard and cared too passionately about the magazine’s success for that—but he enjoyed the finer things, a characteristic that made a perfect confluence with his job. He was ad director and then publisher (at Chicago mag) until 2004, which meant he was in charge of selling advertising. Because many of the main advertisers for a city magazine such as Chicago (mag) are luxury products and services, John came to know that world,” Babcock writes. Here’s the whole story.
Along with his sister and daughter, Carroll is survived by his wife, Victoria Priola, his son, Matt Carroll, three other sisters and two brothers and his parents. And he leaves behind an adorable grand-daughter who brought joy to his life in his final days.
The Tribune reports that a funeral Mass will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Notre Dame Catholic Church, 1001 Moore Road, Michigan City, Ind.