Dr. D. James "Jim" McCORQUODALE

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McCORQUODALE, Dr. D. James "Jim" August 27, 1927 - August 13, 2012 Dr. D. James "Jim" McCorquodale, age 84, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1989, formerly of Toledo, OH and Richardson, TX, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2012 in Naperville. He was born August 27, 1927 in Winnipeg, Canada to Alex and Annie Elizabeth Catherine (nee MacKay) McCorquodale. Beloved husband of Dr. Maureen (nee Kleba) McCorquodale; loving father of James Alexander (Margi) McCorquodale of Dallas, TX, Lizette Jean (Paul) Hudson of Richardson, TX, Dr. Michael Shannon (Dr. Ruba) McCorquodale of San Francisco, CA and Michelle Erin (Brad) Artis of Naperville, IL; adored grandfather of Jessica McCorquodale, Austin James Artis and Dylan Artis; dear brother of Frances (the late Samuel) Levis of Burnaby, British Columbia and William (Kirsten) McCorquodale of North Vancouver, British Columbia; fond uncle of Michael and Kemp Levis, and Gordon and Dr. Peter McCorquodale; and former spouse of the late Annette (nee Cole) McCorquodale. Jim grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia in 1950 before spending a year as a Chemist with BAPCO Paint Company in Victoria and then going on to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following his Ph.D., he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship to work with a Nobel Laureate at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany. He spent the rest of his career as a professor of biochemistry. He made notable research contributions in the fields of biochemistry, cytogenetics and virology while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emory University, the University of Texas at Dallas, the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and Midwestern University in Oak Brook, IL. Over his career he taught several courses in various medical school curricula and acted as the research advisor to numerous graduate students who went on to make their own contributions to science. For his work, Jim has won numerous awards and been listed in the "American Men of Science," a biographical reference on leading scientists in the United States and Canada. He fondly appreciated the fine arts as both a baritone and trombone player as well as a self taught piano player. He enjoyed traveling, practicing his German, nature, poetry, gardening, bike riding, football, golf, stimulating conversations, fine dining, bridge, square dancing and taking long walks with his family. His loving family will dearly miss his unwavering love, patience, support and wisdom. Visitation is on Saturday, September 1, 9:00-10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville. Services will follow on Saturday, 10:30 A.M. in the church. Reception to follow at the home of Michelle and Brad Artis in Naperville.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Aug. 24, 2012
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