The life of James Dahlie closed its earthly chapter on November 6, 2022.
Proud Wisconsinite and grandson of Norwegian and Scottish Irish immigrants, James was born in Park Falls, Wisconsin, to parents, Gordon Dahlie and Madge (Smith) Dahlie on March 20, 1947, and grew up in the nearby town of Phillips.
After Phillips High School, James graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA and Howard University with his MD. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and his residency in radiodiagnostics at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
While a senior in medical school, he met his wife, Shelley, who was completing a physical therapy internship at the National Veterans Hospital in Washington, DC. Their paths crossed again at the Cleveland Clinic, leading to their marriage in Shelley’s hometown of Richmond Heights, Ohio on May 18, 1974.
Recruited by Jamestown Radiology, Jim and Shelley moved from Kansas City to Jamestown in 1977. At that time, WCA Hospital had no CT scanners, no ultrasounds, no mammograms, and limited nuclear medicine. MRIs and PET scans hadn’t been invented, and PAC systems and teleradiology hadn’t even been imagined. Jim’s career has followed the rise of these life-saving technologies, and it was his pleasure to master them and share them with this community for 37 years until his retirement in 2014.
As a local leader in the medical community, Jim had the honor of serving as president of the Chautauqua County Medical Society (1984-85), president of the WCA Medical Staff (1994-95) and president of Jamestown Radiologists ( 1995-2000). As an enthusiastic sportsman and student, he enjoyed trout fishing, skiing, golfing, reading, and summers at Chautauqua Settlement. And, as a lifelong Presbyterian, Jim was very active in the First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown from his arrival with Shelley in 1977 until his recent passing.
He is predeceased by his brother, Paul of Wellesley, Mass.; and his sister, Sharon of La Jolla, California.
He is survived by his sister, Donna Danielson of Claremont, California; wife, Shelley Carlson Dahlie; sons: Christopher (Roslyn Fulton) of Fredonia, NY, Scott (Ana Archbold) of New Brunswick, NJ, David (Melinda Lauer) of Huntertown, IN., and Matthew of Buffalo, NY He is also survived by his three little ones -children: Charlotte Ruth, Lillian LaRue and Gordon James; and four small animals, all of whom he shamelessly spoiled.
He will be loved and always remembered.
The memorial service for James will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown, NY, at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 28, and will be followed by a celebratory reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown, NY; Chautauqua County Hospice; and United Way of Chautauqua County.
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