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James McIndoe Burnell M.D.

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James McIndoe Burnell M.D. Obituary
James McIndoe Burnell, MD

Born July 17, 1921 in Manila, The Philippines, Jim died peacefully at home on September 8, 2013. The oldest of three boys, he grew up in a military family and moved about the country during his youth.

Jim graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1949. He began his career as a rotating intern at San Francisco Hospital before finally coming to Seattle where he was Chief Resident in Medicine at King County Hospital. Jim held various faculty positions as well: starting in 1949 as Assistant in Pathology at Columbia University, NY and then joining the faculty at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in 1950 where in 1970, he was promoted to Research Professor of Medicine, becoming emeritus in 1996. In 1957, Jim went into private practice as an internist specializing in nephrology.

He was both a researcher and a private nephrologist in Seattle for over 45 years. He participated in developing many of the advances that came from Seattle in the early 1960s when hemodialysis (by artificial kidney) for chronic renal failure first became possible. Jim performed the first dialysis treatment ever at Harborview Hospital. He was one of the world's first kidney specialists in private practice.

Jim was one of eight founding physicians of the Minor & James Medical Clinic and served on the Board of the Northwest Kidney Center for 32 years. After retiring from research and private practice, he worked at the Washington State Corrections Center for Women, as a ship's doctor for Holland America, a medical expert for the Social Security Administration and a medical consultant for the King County Disability Board. His career included publication of 44 articles in various medical journals and many awards and honors.

In 1949 Jim married Jean Mace and they raised their five children on the shores of Mercer Island. In 1975, he moved to a floating home on Lake Union and loved life on the water until his passing.

Outside his professional life, Jim had a passion for all manners of recreation: golf, squash, boating, skiing, fishing, gardening and travel to name just a few. Those who knew him know the more adventuresome and competitive the activity, the more Jim enjoyed it.

Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy; his five children, Catherine Terry (Mark), Sat Shakati Khalsa (Andrea), Craig (Catherine Lategan), John and James S. (Andrea Vitalich); five grandchildren, Guru Sewak Khalsa, Rebecca Terry Novak (Mark); Ariel Burnell Cabana (Will); Sam Terry, Joshua Burnell; two great grandchildren, Oliver Novak and Aspen Cabana; and his brother, Colonel (ret) Ray L. Burnell, Jr. He was preceded in death by his brother Major General (ret) Bates C Burnell. He also enjoyed fun times with several nieces and nephews. He loved and was loved by many and will be sorely missed.

A celebration of Jim's life will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Broadmoor Golf Club, 4-6pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Northwest Kidney Center or a .
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 15, 2013
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