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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Memorial Service for Jim Colliton

Colliton I previously blogged the sad news of the death of James Colliton, age 64, a tax professor at DePaul for over thirty years.  Jim died Saturday after a two year battle with cancer.  His moving obituary appears in today's Chicago Tribune, and is reprinted with permission on DePaul's web site.  I especially like these snippets:

The Colorado native and former forest ranger flew a French flag outside his Oak Park home on Bastille Day; baked his wife an apple pie each year on her birthday; hiked; briefly took up blacksmithing; made soap, jams and jellies; and was, as his family joked, on a never-ending quest to perfectly insulate their home. ...

"Two years ago, Mr. Colliton was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and he lost his vision a year ago, his wife said. Undaunted, Mr. Colliton learned to read Braille, get around with a white cane and began scanning in his law journals and listening to them on his computer, she said.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Friday followed by a 7 p.m. memorial service in Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park.  You can sign Jim's guest book and leave a message of condolence for the family here.

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Professor Colliton was a truly kind and dedicated professor. I took his Wills and Trusts class at DePaul Law; he was incredibly intelligent and helpful, a great mentor. My condolences to his family and to the DePaul College of Law community, he will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Amy C. Chambers | Jan 26, 2009 11:34:11 AM