Graeme K. Carnegie, 40, of Oak Park, died on July 20, 2014. Born in Guildford, England on March 15, 1974 to Kenneth J. Carnegie and Gillian E. Carnegie, the first of two children, he grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland with his parents, sister Rachael, grandparents Betty & Nicol Carnegie, and his Auntie Hazel. At the age of 9 he moved with his parents and sister to Oundle, England where he attended school, then attended Swansea University in Wales and graduated in 1996
with a degree in biochemistry. He went on to obtain a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Dundee University in Scotland in 2002.
In 2001, he moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue his career in medical research. There he met his wife, Andrea, and they enjoyed and
embraced the local culture. Graeme could often be found surfing, snowboarding, playing soccer and tennis and following his most favorite of all passions, playing the drums in local bands.
In 2009, he accepted an assistant professor position at the University of Illinois Chicago’s College of Medicine. He and his wife then moved to Oak Park and welcomed their first daughter, Niamh, in June 2011, shortly followed by their second daughter, Ava, in October of 2012.
Throughout his life, he positively touched the lives of so many people. The world is a far better place for having had him in it.
Visitation was held on July 24 at Oak Park’s Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. The funeral Mass was celebrated on July 25 at St. Giles Church. Interment was private.