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James Dudley Jr.


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James Dudley Jr. Obituary
November 22, 1932 - June 5, 2016 James Patrick Dudley, Jr. died on Sunday June 5 at the age of 83. Jim was truly a family man: a loving husband, dedicated father, fond (and fun!) uncle. He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Ann Lyon Dudley, and his children, Mairin Macaluso (Kevin), Susannah Shoop (David) and Jamie (Ahnna) as well as 5 grandchildren (Patrick, Aidan, Brooke, Seamus and Tynan) and many nieces and nephews. He was born on November 22, 1932 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Jesse Olive Murnane Dudley and James Patrick Dudley. Life in Depression-era Minnesota was difficult, and Jim credited his mother with instilling in him the need to succeed and the importance of gaining an education to do it. His father, JPD Sr., provided a wonderful model for how to treat others. Jim was doted on by his intelligent and beautiful older sisters, Jessie Ann and Mary Kathleen, and remained close to them throughout his life. Upon graduating in 1950 from Central High in St. Paul, Jim attended St. Thomas College and then University of Minnesota Medical School. When he completed his medical degree, he served in the Air Force. Finally, he went on to complete his internship in Ear Nose and Throat Medicine at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan in 1965. Jim and Ann met in 1963 on a ski trip in Vermont and from that point forward, he was a "goner". They were married in her hometown of Tarrytown, New York in June 1965. The newlyweds settled into a new home in Greenwich, Connecticut. Jim went into private practice and the couple welcomed their three children into the world. In 1976 they pulled up stakes and moved to sunny Los Angeles, where Jim took a position on the faculty at UCLA Medical School. Ann eventually returned to work in marketing communications and the three Dudley kids grew up. At UCLA, in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Jim continued his research, writing, publishing and surgical practice. He very much enjoyed seeing his patients and in turn they loved Dr. Dudley. In 1990, Jim and Ann moved to San Francisco, where he continued practicing medicine, ultimately retiring from Kaiser. They traveled, enjoyed eating in the city's many wonderful restaurants and enjoyed time with family and friends. Jim's grandchildren began arriving in 2000 and he eventually accumulated five adoring grandkids. A memorial Service for Jim will take place on June 20th at 10 am at Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame. If you would like to honor his memory, please consider a donation to the Mary S Easton Center for Alzheimer's Research at UCLA or Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at the California Pacific Medical Center.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 17 to June 19, 2016
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