PEORIA - Dr. Michael David Bailie, 77, of Palm Springs, Calif., former regional dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, died in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 30, 2014.
A respected pediatrician and scientist, he was born in South Bend, Ind., to Harry and Maida Bailie on Sept. 27, 1936. He attended Culver Academy and then Indiana University and Indiana University School of Medicine, receiving both an M.D. in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Physiology in 1966.
As a scientist, he had many publications, some with cherished colleagues, on renal function, pharmacology and electrolyte metabolism.
He had a long career as a physician and academic leader, first at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (1973-1979) and then as professor and chair of pediatrics at the Universities of Kansas Medical Center (1979-1983) and Connecticut (1983-1991). He was appointed as regional dean and professor of pediatrics of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria in 1991 and then became vice dean at the School of Medicine University of Illinois and chairman of pediatrics at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago, from which he retired in 2008.
He was a member of many professional societies including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Physiological Society and was president of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, 1983-1984. He was also visiting professor at Sophia Children's Hospital Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Above all, he cherished and cared for his family. He was a devoted husband to Elaine (Taub) Bailie (married January 1958) until her death in 1987, and to Naomi Shlesman Bailie (married September 1988); and loving father to his children Marc (Becky), Michelle (Charles), Sam and Alana; and proud grandfather to Erik L. and Caleb L Bailie.
He also leaves behind his beloved sister-in-law, Barbara, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Steven.
His friends and colleagues remember him as one of the most kind and gentle men they knew, someone who could bring together fighting sides with few words. He knew the right path. One former student said, "He was not just my mentor for my career, but for my life."
Services will take place at 11:30 a.m. EST Sunday at the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Chapel, 435 S. Ironwood Drive at Jefferson, South Bend, Ind. Burial will follow in Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial donations in Dr. Bailie's memory may be made to the Michael D. and Naomi S. Bailie Scholarship Fund at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. To send condolences to the family or for directions, log on to www.mcganhhay.com. Burial will follow in Rosehill Cemetery.
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