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Dr. Robert Gatson, 56, a pediatrician who cared for the less fortunate
Dr. Robert Gatson had known he wanted to be a doctor ever since he was a little boy. In time, he reached his goal, and became a doctor with a focus on less fortunate children. Dr. Gatson died in his Oak Park home on June 5, 2005. He was 56.

Dr. Gatson was the director of the behavioral pediatrics section of the Department of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Fantus Health Center, Cook County Hospital's outpatient clinic. Before joining Cook County Hospital in 1993, Dr. Gatson taught and headed the child development unit at Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine. He went to MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. and the University of Missouri Medical School, reported the Chicago Sun Times.

"He was our favorite doctor," said Dianna Dosie, a nurse at Fantus Pediatrics. "When he cared for his patients, everybody was an individual. The patient, the parent, the employees that work with him. He included everybody."

Dosie said that Gatson always did whatever he could to provide health care for less fortunate children, by making sure they got the referrals they needed and providing them with compassionate care.

"He knew everything you need to know to take care of patients," she said.

Dr. Gatson is survived by his mother, Dorothy Gatson, two brothers and five sisters, many of whom live in Kansas City.

A memorial service will be held in Kansas City, and another is being planned in Chicago.

Thomas Stuart, 79, WWII veteran, early computer technician
Thomas B. Stuart, 79, died on May 29, 2005. A WWII veteran who was ahead of his time, Stuart served his country as a technician, using computers before anyone ever heard of them.

Born in Johnson City, Tenn. and raised in the town of Cawood in Harlan County, Ken., Stuart was a former resident of both Oak Park and Forest Park.

He also worked for various companies, including IBM and Sunbeam.

He is survived by his daughter, Karen Stuart; and his nieces and nephews, Dorothy and Mary (Carnis) Stuart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Weil); his brother, Charles; and his parents, Rev. Benjamin and Ruth Stuart.

Memorial services will be held June 17 at 3 p.m., at Calvary Memorial Church, 931 Lake St. in Oak Park, followed by interment in Neponsit, Ill.

 

Joseph Naples, 76, longtime owner of Melrose Park vegetable market
Joseph Naples, 76, a resident of Melrose Park, formerly of Oak Park, died May 31, 2005. He was a former trustee of Melrose Park, where he was co-owner of Tom Naples Fruit & Vegetable Market.

Born in Oak Park, Mr. Naples grew up on his family's farm in Melrose Park. He and his father, Tom, farmed the land that is now the site of Gottlieb Hospital, Triton College, Jewel-Osco headquarters and Maywood Park Racetrack.

In the mid-1920s, the family started a small fruit and vegetable stand which eventually grew into a huge open-air market that offered more than 25,000 square feet of fresh produce.

When the land was sold off for development, Mr. Naples helped to continue the business by purchasing fresh produce from South Water Market in Chicago every morning.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Naples served in the Army, where for nearly two years he ran the commissary at a military base in Germany.

Upon returning, he married his wife, Clara, who died of cancer in 1978.

Mr. Naples eventually took over the family market after his father's death and successfully directed its development.

For 25 years, Mr. Naples was a village trustee in Melrose Park, where he was also the police commissioner.

Survivors include a son, Tom, and five grandchildren.

Funeral Mass was celebrated June 10, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church.

 

James Bell, 72, professor at Daley College in Chicago
James R. Bell, 72, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died June 2, 2005 at his home. Mr. Bell was a professor at Daley College.

He was the father of David, Stephen and Marianne Licht; and the brother of Tom, Barbara Prezell, and the late Jack. He is also survived by two grandchildren.

Cremation will take place at Funeral Directors Crematory at a later date.

Arrangments were handled by Kopicki's Heritage Funeral Home.

 

Carl Linder, 84, editor and information director for Lutheran publications
Carl Linder, 84, a former resident of Oak Park, was born Jan. 14, 1921 in Santa Ana, Calif. Mr. Linder received his B.A. degree at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Among his many professions, Mr. Linder was a public information director at California Lutheran College, and an editor at Lutheran Teacher Magazine as well as at Lutheran Partners Magazine.

He enjoyed photography, traveling to small towns, and casual reading.

Carl Linder was the beloved husband of Mary; the father of Mark, Tim, Peter, Philip, Robin, and Jenny; and the brother of Ruth Stuck and Grace Blailock. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorials would be appreciated to The Nature Conservatory (for more information, call Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 848/4741).

Funeral services were held on May 26 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park.

?#34;Compiled by John Yoo and Stephanie Thies

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