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After losing his father, Euzeb, and brother, Robert, at the age of six in a 1940 automobile accident, Mr. Brault entered the world of business as a young boy to help support his mother, Mary, and surviving brother, Jack, and sister, Barbara. He started out as one of the original soda jerks at Schennum’s Drugstore at Division and Mayfield in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, where Mr. Brault was raised. He later became a successful Chicago entrepreneur.

Mr. Brault worked his way through Fenwick High School and DePaul University. While attending DePaul, he was a stock runner on the floor of the Midwest Stock Exchange for Dan Rice & Company, a stock and bond company.

Subsequently, Mr. Brault moved to Chesley & Company, and in 1968, Mr. Brault became Chesley & Company’s sole shareholder, President and Chairman. Chesley & Company merged with Burton J. Vincent & Co. in 1974, and Mr. Brault served the merged firm as President of the Board and Chief Operating Officer. In 1977, while on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Mr. Brault appreciated the opportunities presented by membership to the NYSE, and he purchased his own membership on the spot.

Mr. Brault pursued other business opportunities as well. In 1979, he purchased Suburban Trust and Savings Bank in Oak Park with two other investors, and he thereafter acquired Drexel National Bank on Chicago’s south side. Mr. Brault served as a director of both banks for many years before selling his interests. Mr. Brault also owned a stake in the Atlanta Braves, and in 1974, he was present in Atlanta when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record.

In 1979, Mr. Brault founded Brauvin Real Estate, a national commercial real estate investment firm. From 1979 to 1985, Brauvin Real Estate was the real estate investment arm of A.G. Edwards Co. in St. Louis. During this time, Brauvin Real Estate acquired shopping centers and office buildings throughout the country. After the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Brauvin Real Estate pioneered investments strategies for single-tenant, triple-net lease properties. Under Mr. Brault’s leadership, Brauvin Real Estate created 16 real estate investment funds and three real estate investment trusts that collectively acquired several hundred properties located in 37 states.

Mr. Brault was active in civic activities. He was elected a Commissioner of the Park Ridge Park District and served in that capacity from 1973 to 1979, including as President for three years. He also served as an arbitrator for securities industry disputes for the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Brault had a wide range of interests beyond the realm of business. Together with his wife, Mary, Mr. Brault traveled to more than 60 countries on seven continents. A deeply religious man, Mr. Brault was especially thankful for having met Pope John Paul II and having attended Mass in the Pope’s private chapel with his wife and daughter, Eva, in 1993.

As Mr. Brault’s son, James Brault, explained, “My dad was the ultimate self-made man. He had an innate sense for business, but he was also creative in many other ways. He was a painter, he learned to play the piano in his late 50s, he was an art collector, he built doll houses and miniature train sets.. But above all else, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. This is where his heart was. We will miss him more than words can express.” Mr. Brault is survived by Mary, his wife of 52 years, his children Jerry, Jr., Jim, Cathie, John, Molly, and Eva, 22 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, his sister Barbara and his brother Jack.