Ballenger, John Jacob (Died on 24 Apr 2011)
appeared in Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 5 May 2011, p. 39

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Ballenger, Dr. John Jacob Age 96, passed away April 24, 2011 in his apartment at The Arbors, Amherst Massachusetts. Born in Winnetka, Illinois November 11, 1914. The son of Dr. Howard Charles Ballenger of Winnetka, Illinois, Dr. Ballenger graduated from New Trier High School, from the University of Chicago and received his MD at Northwestern University. He did post graduate residencies at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Among his happiest memories were those from his time at New Trier, his summers canoeing at Camp Owakonzie in Ontario and those spent at his aunt and uncle's farm in Indiana. During World War II Dr. Ballenger served in Europe in the Army Medical Corps. He recalled treating young German soldiers as well as, of course, many, many badly hurt American soldiers. He developed a life-long hatred of war and violence that became more pronounced the longer he lived. He practiced medicine for many years at Evanston Hospital and in private practice in Winnetka. Dr. Ballenger was also a contributor and eventually Editor in Chief of the medical text Ballenger's Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, a tradition he carried on from his father and great-uncle. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Northwestern University. John loved being a doctor and he loved his friends in the Winnetka area. During his spare time he could often be found wandering the shores of Lake Michigan, at the Chicago Botanic Garden or one of the Forest Preserves. He was a lifelong painter, poet, world traveler, ice dancer and lover of art and poetry. He was an avid student of wildflowers and birds. He continued painting, writing poetry and caring for those in distress to the end of his life. In recent years he had resided in Massachusetts to be near his children and grandchildren Dr. Ballenger is survived by his daughter Cindy BallengerLeVert of Natick, MA, his son Brooks Ballenger of Amherst, MA, grandchildren Michael LeVert of Cumberland ME, Catherine LeVert of Burlington VT, Althea Schenck of Amherst, MA and great grandchildren Robin and Immanuel LeVert, his nephews John Williams, Bruce Ballenger and Buzz Ballenger and their families. He is preceded by his wife Constance Savage Ballenger, his brother Charles Ballenger of Highland Park, and sister Barbara Williams of Wilmette.

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5 May 2011
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24 Apr 2011
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Ballenger, John Jacob (Died on 24 Apr 2011)