James “Jim” Allen Reeder, S.J., ’85 was born and raised in Sacramento. The son of Mary Jo (Hargon, Reeder) Kilker and Marcus Reeder, Jim was a lifelong learner, completing his bachelor’s in religious studies. As a young adult Jim became a Roman Catholic Jesuit, leading him to live in Madrid, where he worked as an educator and studied philosophy for several years. After leaving the Jesuits, Jim began a long career in health care administration and patient advocacy, working as a certified provider credentialing specialist for over 20 years. He worked for nearly 19 years in physician credentialing for Lurie Children’s Hospital. In 2008 Jim graduated from Northwestern with a master’s in health care quality and patient safety. Jim worked for over six years for the American College of Surgeons in physician validation and credentialing as well as continuing medical education. In January 2018, Jim graduated from Waldon University with his Ph.D. in public policy and administration with an emphasis on public health. Most recently Jim worked at Cook County Hospital as director of medical staff services. After moving to Chicago from San Diego in 1993 Jim quickly joined the Windy City Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as Windy City Slickers, where he sang for more than seven years and where he met his beloved husband Gregory. Jim was a Reiki master, singer, and musician who also loved television and old game shows. Many remember Jim for his intelligence and integrity, while others remember his bright smile, his striking blue eyes, his quick wit, and his amazing sense of humor. Jim passed away on July 29, 2019, at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois. He was 57 years old. Jim was surrounded by family and friends, including his husband of more than 27 years, Gregory Michael Sarlo, when he died of complications related to double organ failure. Jim is survived by his mother, his sister Julie Perry and her husband Vince Perry, his stepmother Florence Reeder, as well as four step siblings: Carole Stothart, Robin (Jeff) Squires, Chris (Mary) Kilker, and Tracy (Lynn) Astle. Jim is preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, his stepfather Bob Kilker, and two step-siblings: Robert E. Kilker and Kathy Sheets. Jim will be dearly missed by his dear friends Daniel Brewer, Karen and Nicholas Harkovich, and countless others, as well as his beloved fur-babies Annie, Rosie, and Sophia.

29 Aug 2019