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James Romanus McCole, M.D.

February 28, 1945 - February 6, 2017

Born in Jacksonville, Fla. to Captain (USMCR) Romanus and Elizabeth Cowles McCole, Jim was raised in Springfield, Pa. He was a proud graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia ("The Prep"), and St. Joseph's College. After graduation from Hahnemann Medical College in 1971, Jim accepted an internship at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, Ca. He loved the Bay Area and decided to call it home forever, settling in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.

Jim began his medical career as a DermatoPathologist, but soon realized that he was too much of a people-person to continue a career in the laboratory. He became Board Certified in Family Medicine and opened a family practice in Pinole, Ca. He chose Pinole as being "in the path of progress", which proved to be an astute choice. He loved his patients and formed many lasting relationships with them, to whom he was "Dr. Jim."

He is survived by son, Christopher McCole, his wife Lara and their son James, son Ryan McCole, his wife Angela and their daughter Chloe, devoted partner Lisa Justi, former wife and mother of their sons, Connie Tompkins McCole, siblings Anne Juechter, Sister Julie McCole, John (Jack) McCole, Richard McCole, Jane Thurman, Michelle (Shelley) Coyne, Robert McCole, William McCole, nieces, nephews and a host of long-time friends.

Jim was an outdoorsman and sports enthusiast. Among his favorites were squash, golf and fishing. He, along with his sons and close friends, would make annual trips to the McCloud River in Northern CA competing for the biggest catch. Jim also loved garage sales and finding (and haggling for) hidden treasures. He found beauty in unexpected places and art among found objects. But his greatest joy was in his relationships. Even more eclectic than his art collections were his groups of friends. Jim saw people's souls regardless of the package. He was a best friend to so many.

Jim passed away in his home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with Amyloidosis.

A celebration of his life will be held at Marin Art and Garden Center on February 26th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders in memory of James R. McCole, M.D.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 19, 2017
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