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James Berger Koch, 66, of Wilmette. Loving husband and adoring father; attorney who argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, and past President of New Trier School Board; passed away peacefully at the stroke of midnight, August 4, 2018. Jim earned his B.S. in political science from Loyola University, his J.D. from Chicago- Kent College of Law, and served as an Assistant State's Attorney before founding the law firm of Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona. He later earned a M.S. in education from Northwestern University. He served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's School of Law and its Graduate School of Education and Policy. Jim previously taught economics at Latin School of Chicago and served on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for the North Suburban Special Education District. Beloved husband of 38 years to Susan Hatfield Koch, M.D., devoted father of Andrew (Lauren) and David (Chelsea Wegner) Koch, proud grandfather of Addison and Emerson Koch, dear uncle of Brendan and Emily Koch, Amy (Doug) Johnson and Eric (Kate) Hatfield. He will be deeply missed by his faithful companion Tusker, his yellow lab. Preceded in death by parents Jerome Louis Koch and Harriet Rose Koch (nee Berger) and his late brother Robert. Memorial service to be held August 25 at 10:00 a.m. in Foundation Hall at the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette. For more information, please see Jim's page on Caringbridge.org. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Aug. 9 to Aug. 12, 2018
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