In Loving Memory
June 16, 1942 – July 9, 2014
James “Jim” Patrick Dillon, 72, of Dekalb, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Pensacola, Florida. Jim earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University in the city of New York in 1974. He was a Research Professor of Ophthalmic Biochemistry and Director of the Photobiology Laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University until 2008. He retired in 2008 and became an adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Illinois University. He served as the Director for the Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Studies at NIU.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth R. Gaillard of Dekalb, IL; sister, Therese Warden of Buffalo, New York; two brothers, Martin Dillon of Rayleigh, North Carolina and Michael Dillon of Downers Grove, Illinois; other relatives and friends. He is also survived by his two cats Max and Sam.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dekalb, Illinois. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to TAILS Humane Society in Dekalb, IL or to the Fight for Sight in New York, NY. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.