William Craig Thatcher

ST. CHARLES – William Craig Thatcher, M.D., (1944-2013) of St. Charles passed away Feb. 26, 2013.

Born in New London, Conn., Craig was raised in Hinsdale, Ill., attended Dartmouth College and the University of Toulouse Medical School. While in school, he became an accomplished pianist who participated in various competitions.

It was always his goal to pursue a career in medicine, and while he was studying for his degree, he met the love of his life, Michele, a classmate of his, and the daughter of a local physician and pharmacist. Their first son, David Francois Olivier, was born in Toulouse.

Following their graduation, they moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where both completed internships, and their second child, John Christopher, was born. Craig and Michele then moved to Chicago, where he completed a residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital.

Following three years as an instructor in surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, he joined Elgin Cardiac Surgery in 1984, which is now known as Northern Illinois Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. In 2006, Craig started the Vein and Laser Center, now a part of the practice. He was a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a compassionate doctor, loved and admired by patients and colleagues.

He was also a devoted family man, whose generosity of spirit was showered upon all members of the extended family. He hosted an annual family reunion attended by dozens of relatives from all over the world. It became a highlight for all who could attend. A true gentleman, he had a sophisticated appreciation of fine art, good food and wine, and classical music.

He is survived by his two loving sons, David Francois Olivier and John Christopher; his mother, Jean Thatcher; one sister, Jane Williamson (Rich); four brothers, Andy (Barb), David, Aaron (Kelly), and Adam; eight nieces and nephews; and seven great- nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St. (corner of routes 25 and 64), St. Charles, IL 60174. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Yurs Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to the , 143 S. First St., Batavia, IL 60510, in honor of Michele Thatcher.

To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral home's obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at 630-584-0060.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Feb. 28, 2013