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Rev James J Gill
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Birth: May 31, 1925
Tacoma
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Death: Jul. 29, 2003
Scottsdale
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

James J. Gill

GILL, REV. JAMES J. S.J., M.D. Rev. James J. Gill, S.J., M.D., died in Scottsdale, AZ on Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at age 78, after a long bout with cancer. A Jesuit for 56 years and a priest for 46 years, Jim, son of James J. Gill, professor at the University of San Francisco, and Veronica (Foye) Gill, was born in Tacoma, Washington on May 31, 1925. He attended St. Ignatius High School, San Francisco, graduating in 1942. His college years at the University of San Francisco were interrupted by service during World War II as a naval aviation navigator, 1943-46. Returning to USF, he completed his pre-med degree before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos, CA in August of 1947. Philosophy studies were taken at Mount St. Michael's in Spokane and then he taught English for a year at Loyola University in Los Angeles before starting theological studies at Alma College, Los Gatos in 1954. He was ordained to the priesthood in San Francisco on June 15, 1957. Jim was long interested in psychiatry with the intention of assisting priests and men and women religious. He studied medicine at Marquette University Medical School, where he received his M.D. in 1963. He then did his internship at Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane. From 1964-67 he did his psychiatric residency at the Institute of Living, Hartford, Connecticut, under Dr. Francis Braceland. This was followed by a fellowship at Harvard University, 1967-69, under the direction of Drs. Dana Farnsworth and Graham Blaine. He received high praise from his mentors at both places, Dr. Braceland noting that Jim "endeared himself to the whole organization. He is a first-class physician and has the makings of an excellent psychiatrist." Upon the completion of hs fellowship in 1969, Jim remained at Harvard University Health Services as a psychiatrist, a post he held until 1994. During this time he established himself as a noted lecturer and consultant as well as a practitioner. In 1989 he returned to the Institute of Living in Hartford as psychiatrist and senior consultant to the Retreat Service Unit, assisting priests, religious, and other professionals. He continued there as a part time consultant until the time of his death. In 1994 Jim established the Christian Institute for the Study of Human Sexuality ("CISHS"), a program designed to offer academic preparation from a Christian perspective in the area of sexuality and skills related to counseling about sexual matters as they pertain to religious formation and clerical celibacy. Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, Superior General of the Jesuits, described the venture as being "very much in the best tradition of the Society of Jesus...and a much needed pilot project for similar ventures in other countries and continents." Due to Jim's illness, the Institute closed in November 2002. Its work has been taken on by Hekima College, the Jesuit School of Theology, located in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of Angelo D'Agostino, S.J., M.D. Jim was also a highly regarded author and editor. In 1979 he and his colleague, Linda Amadeo, established the Jesuit Center for Human development in Cambridge, Mass., to publish the journal Human Development. This quarterly publication brings together the insights of theology, spirituality and the social sciences to assist church leaders in the work of renewal. In the words of former New England Province Provincial and prolific author Bill Barry, S.J., "Jim's dream and God's meshed well enough for the journal to thrive and to influence the lives of countless bishops, priests, and religious in its short history." Jim remained Editor-in-Chief until the spring of this year. The publication continues under the auspices of Regis University, Denver, Colorado. Jim was a member of numerous professional organizations and served on many educational medical boards as trustee, adviser or board member, including the University of San Francisco, Regis University, and the Institute of Mental Health, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. While on the board of trustees at the University of San Francisco, Jim developed a close friendship with Meyer Friedman, M.D., who with Ray Rosenman, M.D., coined the term "Type A behavior." In 1976, Dr. Friedman invited Jim to be part of a project to help heart attack victims avoid a recurrence by changing their Type A behavior. Once a month for the past 25 years, Jim worked with a leadership team in San Francisco that monitors the progress of heart attack victims in the program. Jim saw his work in terms of "conversion," helping people to come "to full maturity in the likeness of Jesus Christ... We can help people to undergo a conversion to become like Jesus, or a conversion from adolescence into adulthood, or a conversion physically to better health." He saw his role as helping individuals deliberately attempt to grow spiritually and relationally. Over the past few years Jim struggled with cancer which, despite various procedures and therapies, continued to weaken him. Aided by Hospice care, he quietly slipped away to the Lord. He is survived by Dan and May Jennings, sister (Houston) and Laurance and Marcille Gill, brother (Martinez, CA) A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 9:30 AM, Friday, August 15, at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco. Committal will follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara, CA. Memorial donations can be sent to Father D'Agostino, S.J., M.D. for the continuation of the CISHS in Nairobi, Kenya, c/o Human Development, 1353 Boston A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 9:30 AM, Friday, August 15, at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco. Committal will follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara, CA. Memorial donations can be sent to Father D'Agostino, S.J., M.D. for the continuation of the CISHS in Nairobi, Kenya, c/o Human development, 1353 Boston Pot Road, Suite 11, Madison, CT 06443. Donations to Human Development Magazine can be sent directly to Regis University, 333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221. Published in Denver Post on August 8, 2003 
 
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Santa Clara Mission Cemetery
Santa Clara
Santa Clara County
California, USA
 
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