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Raleigh Oldfield M.D.

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Raleigh Charles Oldfield, Jr., M.D., 87, a 50-plus year resident of La Grange, Illinois, passed away December 29, 2012, surrounded by his family. Chuck was married for 64 years to Dorothy "Petie" Oldfield, the love of his life, who predeceased him in 2011. He is survived by four daughters - Ginna Corts (Tom), Julie Dicken (Barry), Jane Oldfield, and Kathy Handelman (Jeff) and 13 grandchildren, including David Corts (Heather), Andy Corts (Jenny), Charlie Corts (Abby), Tommy Corts, Evan Dicken, M.D. (Mindy), Anne Dicken, Elizabeth Dicken, M.D., Julie House (Roger), Ellen Dresbach (Eric), Cal, Meg, Molly and Joe Handelman. He is the great-grandfather of Mia, Maddy and George Corts; Jake, Matt, and Ross Dicken; Henry Corts; Carden Corts; and Galen House. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Spaulding of River Forest. Chuck was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, where he attended Oak Park River Forest High School and was a member of the swim team. Chuck did his undergraduate work at DePauw University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School, and served as a surgeon at Fort Fitzsimmons in Denver during the Korean War. Chuck practiced thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for more than 35 years on the staffs of La Grange and Hinsdale Hospitals, among others. He also served as Surgery Department Chief at the hospitals and was a founding member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Chuck travelled extensively with his wife Petie and spent many winters in Palm Desert, California. He was an avid reader and took up painting classes in retirement, becoming an accomplished painter of landscapes and portraits. Chuck also continued to pursue his passion for playing golf at La Grange Country Club, where he served as president in 1980-81. Those who had the privilege to know Chuck will miss his warm smile and wonderful sense of humor. The family gratefully acknowledges the care given by Helpful Touch, Inc. and Belmont Village. A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th Street, Countryside, followed by a Mass in celebration of his life at 11:30 a.m. at St. Cletus Church, 600 W. 55th Street, La Grange. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chuck's memory may be made to the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60603 or a .
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 4, 2013
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