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Dr. James C. Pritchard

January 19, 1932 - December 8, 2018

Dr. James C. Pritchard Dr. James C. Pritchard
  • December 27, 2018 | 5:00 P.M.
  • Geneva Golf Club
    831 South Street
    Geneva, Illinois 60134
  • Burial Location

GENEVA – James C. Pritchard, 86, died peacefully on Saturday, December 8th at Good Samaritan Hospital in the loving embrace of his family, of injuries sustained in an accident.

Born in Pontiac, Illinois on January 19, 1932, Jim was the elder son of Marion and Iris (Sullivan) Pritchard.

Jim was revered as a medical doctor for his professionalism and compassion and in his personal life for his kind and generous spirit. He was also well known for his avocation as an accomplished classical pianist, performing with local symphony orchestras and at Chicago-area concerts.  He received a BS degree from the University of Illinois in 1954, majoring in Chemistry and Zoology, and a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1958, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society (AOA).  Following medical school, Jim interned at DC General Hospital, Washington DC, and then completed a Pathology Residency at the University of Illinois Research Hospital in Chicago in 1963.  Jim served as the Chief Pathologist and Director of Laboratories of Delnor-Community Hospitals from 1963 until his retirement in 2002.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, past President of the University of Illinois Medical Alumni Association, former Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and established the Pritchard Medical Student Scholarship at the University of Illinois.  Jim had a passion for travel that took him to 80 countries and all seven continents, from the Silk Road in Asia to the slot canyons in Southern Utah.   He especially enjoyed taking his family and grandchildren on adventures throughout the world.  He was a long-time member of the Geneva Golf Club, and The Union League Club, The Arts Club and The Casino in Chicago.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Bonnie Jensen Pritchard; three children, Thomas (Michelle) Pritchard, Brett (Toni) Pritchard and Susan (Robert) Bitman; and six grandchildren, Leonore Pritchard, Conrad, Olivia and Alden Pritchard, and Peter and Isabel Bitman.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on December 27, 2018, at the Geneva Golf Club, 831 South Street, Geneva at 5:00 P.M.

Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Pritchard Medical Student Scholarship at the University of Illinois. For family and friends who would like to make a gift in his memory, please make it to: UIC James Pritchard M.D. Medical Scholarship Fund, #773186. For donations by mail, make checks payable to: University of Illinois Foundation “make a note in memo” James Pritchard M.D. Medical Scholarship Fund # 773186. Mail to: University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, MC-386, Urbana, IL 61801. Visit Web:  Utilize “indicate a fund or program that may have special meaning to you.” Type in “UIC James Pritchard M.D. Medical Scholarship Fund # 773186” As you complete gift payment info, check the box for {} This is a Tribute Gift. To leave an online condolence for the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060.


Deirdre Toler from Streator, IL

"Tom, I am sorry for your loss, and you are in my thoughts. Deirdre"

Peter B. Loughman from Hinsdale, IL

""Mrs. Pritchard - My Mother knew and worked with Jim for many years. She always had the highest regard for him as a person and accomplished physician. I am sorry for your loss.""

Viki Adik, AIC docent from Valparaiso, IN

"Bonnie, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you in your great loss.Sincerely, Viki"

Thomas O'Keefe from Chicago, IL

"Bonnie--I am so sorry for your loss. What a truly extraordinary man your husband was. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Tom O'Keefe"

Betty Mason Wells from Sugar Grove, IL

"Bonnie and family, I am so sorry to read tonight about Jim...You are in my thoughts and prayers. He will join my dad in heaven and share laughter about their wonderful memories together."

Sharon Knight from Sonoma, CA

"I was so sorry to hear about Jim's accident and was even sorrier to learn of his passing - such a tragedy. He was a very special friend to my parents and someone I always looked forward to seeing when I was back visiting Geneva/St. Charles. There was always a story of a recent adventure to be shared. I will always remember the clever birthday songs he composed at regular intervals for my father and delivered with such charm and grace. He had a wonderful spirit and was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I know he is already dearly missed."

nicholas burriesci from elmhurst, IL

"a wonderful colleague and friend he will be missed by many"

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