James W. Colliton
September 9, 1944 - January 17, 2009
James W. Colliton, age 64 of Oak Park, Illinois passed away at his home on Saturday, January 17, 2009.
Mr. Colliton was born in Grand Junction, CO to the late James W. and Margaret Tchumperlin Colliton. He graduated from Tope Elementary, Grand Junction High School and received his BA in History in 1966 (with a short sabbatical for waiting tables at the Worlds Fair in N.Y.) from Stanford University. During the Vietnam War he served as a 1st Lt. with the U.S. Army's Quartermaster Corps. After his war service he received his Law Degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1973. Between 1970 and 1973 he was a Park Naturalist during the summers at Colorado National Monument. He worked for the IRS from 1974 to 1977. In 1977 he received his LL.M. from Georgetown University. From 1977 to the present he was a professor at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association and he served on numerous committees at the College of Law and DePaul University.
Mr. Colliton has lived in Oak Park, IL since 1979. Gardening, writing, hiking, camping, woodworking, soap making, jams and jellies, baking pies, collecting flags and insulating the house were some of his favorite hobbies.
He is survived by his wife, Jan Parsons Colliton; his son, Russell J. (Ann Terlizzi) Colliton of Minneapolis, MN; his daughter, Anna Munro Colliton of New York, NY, and his sisters, Patricia (Don) Thompson of Long Beach, CA and Joan (John) Kiliany of Monterey, CA.
A Memorial visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at 7:00 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park.
Memorials to the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation or The Nature Conservancy are requested by his family.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 21, 2009