A proud Wisconsinite and grandson of Norwegian and Scottish Irish immigrants, James was born March 20, 1947, in Park Falls, Wisconsin, to Gordon Dahlie and Madge (Smith) Dahlie, 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 from Howard University with his MD. He then completed his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic and his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
While 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 wedding in Shelley’s hometown of Richmond Heights. OH, on May 18, 1974.
Jim and Shelley, recruited by Jamestown Radiology, moved from Kansas City to Jamestown in 1977. At that time, WCA Hospital had no CT scanner, no ultrasound, no mammography, and limited nuclear medicine. MRI and PET scanning had not yet been invented, and PAC systems and teleradiology were not even conceivable. Jim’s career has followed the rise of these life-saving technologies, and it’s been his pleasure to master 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). ). An avid sportsman and student, he enjoyed trout fishing, skiing, golfing, reading, and summering at the Chautauqua Institution. And a lifelong Presbyterian, Jim was very active in Jamestown’s First Presbyterian Church from his and Shelley’s arrival in ’77 until his recent passing.
He is predeceased by his brother Paul of Wellesley, MA, and his sister Sharon of La Jolla, CA. He is survived by his sister Donna Danielson of Claremont, CA; 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 grandchildren, Charlotte Ruth, Lillian LaRue, and Gordon James, and four grandchildren, 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 of Jamestown, NY, at 1:00 PM on Monday, November 28, and will be followed by a celebratory reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown, NY; Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care; and United Way of South Chautauqua County.
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