Dr. James Carl Hutchinson Jr., 78, of Melrose Park, died on July 29, 2018 at Rush Oak Park Hospital. Born on Oct. 14, 1939 in Chicago to Dr. James Carl Hutchinson and Evelyn Towey, he studied pre-med at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and earned a graduate degree from the School of Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle. He married his high school sweetheart, Jo Ann Kay Thomas, on Aug. 21, 1962 in Seattle, weeks before he was to attend the University of Alberta, School of Medicine, Edmonton, in Alberta, Canada.
Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Hutchinson remained in the Chicagoland area and went into private practice. He was an attending otolaryngologist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, West Suburban Hospital, and Oak Park Hospital. An associate professor of otolaryngology and later a professor emeritus, at Rush University, Rush Medical College in Chicago, during his distinguished career, he was appointed director, of the Head and Neck Cancer section, Rush Cancer Institute at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center from 1994 to 2004. An active member of the medical society, he took pride in giving back by mentoring the medical community through his teaching, authoring publications, and giving scientific presentations throughout his career. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, with active duty from 1968-1970, and inactive reserve from 1970 to 1975.
Dr. Hutchinson is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Hutchinson; his children, James Carl Hutchinson 3rd (Anne), Jay Thomas Hutchinson (Pam), and Jodi Hutchinson; his granddaughters, Eleanor, Maya and Macy; and his sister, Jane L. Hutchinson.
At his request there were no services. He was an avid golfer and in lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Oak Park Country Club Foundation which provides educational assistance to deserving student/caddies and student/employees at Oak Park Country Club Foundation, Oak Park Country Club, 2001 Thatcher Ave., River Grove, 60171-1920.