Dr. James M. Fattu
Dr. James M. Fattu, a noted physician, scientist, and pharmaceutical executive, died on April 7, 2013, at his home in West Chester, Pa.
Dr. Fattu was born in April 1945, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., the son of Nicholas A. Fattu and Jeanette Kalk Fattu. He was a fifth generation native of Chippewa Falls.
Dr. Fattu received his Bachelor's (1967) and Ph.D. (1975) degrees from Indiana University
, and was graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1974. During the next 11 years, Dr. Fattu practiced Internal Medicine in Evansville, Ind. He co-authored a book titled "Artificial Intelligence with Statistical Pattern Recognition" (1986) and also did pioneering work in computer software for decision making. In addition, he held the position of Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville.
Dr. Fattu joined Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in East Hanover, New Jersey, in 1988, rising to Executive Director and Internal Therapeutic Head, Cardiovascular and Diabetes Clinical Research. He moved to Wyeth Research in Pennsylvania in 1993, rising to Executive Vice President for Clinical Research where he retired in 2003.
He served as Chairman of the
Pharmaceutical Roundtable for 2001-2002, and as President of the Pennsylvania Delaware Affiliate of the
He was an elected member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and lifetime member of Sigma XI, Scientific Research Society.
Dr. Fattu at his core was a caring physician with a remarkable skill for medical research and problem solving. He and his wife were avid travelers visiting many sites in the United States, and around the world. He also enjoyed wood carving and furniture making.
Dr. Fattu lived by the principles that people count, family comes first and the virtues of education. While attaining much professional achievement, his home life was industrious and practical. With an unyielding will and integrity, he was always learning, always building and always giving. His faith fortified him. A natural leader, his example and efforts always brought family together.
He was a devoted father and grandfather to his three children and six grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Suzanne Penz Fattu; his daughter, Ann-Jeanette (Rudy) Vasko, of Malvern, Pa.; his sons, Michael (Khajistha) Fattu, of Austin, Texas, and James C. Fattu, of West Chester, Pa. He is also survived by grandchildren, Christian, Jenna and Ella Vasko and Bisma, Sarah and Ashraf Fattu; and his siblings, Mary Fattu Ashley (Fred), of McLean, Va., and Nicholas Fattu (Edie), of Falls Church, Va.
A Memorial Mass Celebrating the life of Dr. James Fattu will be held in Pennsylvania, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Interment will be in Wisconsin at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103, and the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th & Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Arrangements by the Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382, 610-431-9000. Online condolences at www.donohuefuneralhome.com