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James F. Chambliss


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James F. Chambliss Obituary
Dr. James F. Chambliss, Jr., age 81, of Hendersonville, NC died Saturday, June 30, 2018, at home. James Francis Chambliss, Jr. was born February 24, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois to James and Mary "Katie" (Curran) Chambliss. He was raised in Wilmette, Illinois and graduated from Saint Francis Xavier School in 1951, Loyola Academy in 1955 and Boston College in 1959. James earned his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1964, followed by a surgical internship at Presbyterian-St.Luke's Hospital in Chicago. Following his internship, he served as an officer and physician in the US Navy with stints in Guam and Chichijimafrom 1965 to 1967 before returning to Presbyterian-St. Luke's for a residency in radiology and the beginning his career as a radiologist in Chicago in 1970. James was the Director of the Department of Radiology at Columbus Hospital in Chicago from 1977-1982 before serving as the Executive Medical Director of the Columbus-Cabrini-Cuneo Medical Center from 1982-1989. James then moved to the University of Chicago where he was an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology, serving asthe Chief of Radiology at Weiss Memorial Hospital for ten yearsand then interim chief and staff member of the University's Section of Breast Imaging. With board certification in radiology, nuclear medicine, and medical management, Dr. Chambliss was known to his colleagues and patients as a skilled and caring physician and administrator. Before relocating to Hendersonville in 2014, Jamesresided in Evanston for over 30 years where he was a member of St. Athanasius Parish and Evanston Golf Club. During his time in Hendersonville, he was a member of Champion HillsClub and regularly volunteered at Interfaith Assistance Ministry where he helped community members overcome financial crisis. James' hobbies included tennis, woodworking, banjo, shooting, golf and flying.James was also a lifelong learner, and notably earned a graduate degree in medical informatics from Northwestern University in 2008 at the age of 71. Survivors include his wife Elizabeth J. LaVoo; four children, Catherine (Thomas Lieb) Chambliss, Rebecca Chambliss, Michelle Chambliss and Michael (Stacy) Chambliss; four grandchildren, Katie, Grace, Stella and James; one brother Richard (Betty) Chambliss; three sisters, Mary Frances Witte, Ellen (Al) Dugan and Judith (Allan Zee) Chambliss. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Michael. A memorial mass in James' honorwill be held on Saturday, August 18 at 11 AM at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Wilmette.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Aug. 10, 2018
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