Michael J. Dolan, 84, died on Friday, March 4 at his Oak Park home, while under the care of his family and hospice workers. Born in Joliet, he was raised in Waukegan, the eldest of five children.
Beginning in 1971, he worked for DCFS as an administrator in facilities for juvenile offenders. He later transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections as a psychologist administrator for the Menard Psychiatric Center, where he established group counseling for adult sex offenders and programs designed to treat mental health issues. In 1990, he transferred to the Dixon Correctional Center in Sterling, Illinois, as the psychologist administrator, where he also established the Hospice Program for elderly offenders in the Health Care Unit at Dixon.
As retirees, he and his wife, Barbara, chose to make their home in Oak Park in 2004. He was an active member of the 19th Century Charitable Association and thoroughly enjoyed volunteering on committees designed to support the goals of this charitable organization.
He had a self-proclaimed flair for the dramatics and performed in numerous theater productions from youth into middle age. He never lost his love for entertaining with his quick wit and myriad of expressive faces. A lifelong learner, his bookshelves were lined with biographies, historical fiction, and publications related to professional interests. Among his many skills, he was the head grocery shopper and an accomplished home chef. He was also the family photographer and carried his camera nearly everywhere to document adventures with his wife, children and grandchildren. His humor, generosity and love will be missed.
Michael and Barbara were married 57 years. They raised their three children, Shelly (Tim Schaffert), Lynne (Mark Argyilan), and Sean (Hillary) Dolan in southern Illinois while attending Southern Illinois University, completing advanced degrees. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren: Margot and Jacob (Shelly), River (Lynne) and Fiona and Theo (Sean).