Charles Swarts, 89, pediatrician and allergy-immunologist

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Charles L. Swarts, M.D., 89, a resident of Oak Park and Westchester for 55 years, died on June 16, 2014. Born in Chicago on April 6, 1925 to Charles E. and Louise Friedman Swarts, he grew up in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1943, then served in the Army during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. 

He graduated from New York Medical College in 1950 and served as an intern at Indiana University and a pediatric resident at the University of Michigan Poliomyelitis (Polio) and Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center. During this time he assisted with the beta test of the Salk vaccine for Polio. 

In 1958-59, he completed a fellowship at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and researched the first breath of infants. He was board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and in Allergy & Immunology by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics. 

In 1960, he moved to Oak Park where he practiced medicine as a pediatrician and allergist until he retired in 2000. During this period, he was on the staffs of West Suburban Hospital, Westlake Community Hospital and Hines VA Hospital, and served as an assistant professor of Pediatrics/Allergy at the University of Illinois Chicago's Presbyterian-St. Luke's Teaching Hospital. He was proud that he actively practiced medicine for 50 years without being sued for malpractice. 

Dedicated to the community, he served as a member of the Optimist Club, the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce, and the Oak Park Board of Health and served as president of each of these organizations. 

He was especially dedicated to the youth of the community, volunteering at well baby clinics in the inner city, the "Bucking Bronchos" (an exercise program for children with severe asthma), and organized and volunteered at the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America's summer camp for children with severe asthma. 

He was a founder of Snuva Inc., a pharmaceutical company specializing in products for people with allergies and auto-immune diseases. He also served on many professional organizations. 

Charles Swarts is survived by his children, Suzanne Winsor, Charles F. (Maxine), and George (Susan); his grandchildren, Carla Winsor, Andrew Winsor, Charles B. Swarts, David Swarts, and Daniel Swarts; his nephews, Tom and John Livingston; and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Evans Swarts.

Visitation was held on June 21, followed by a memorial service in the Foxboro Room at the Carleton of Oak Park. Arrangements were handled by Peterson Bassi Chapels.

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