Dr. James Willis Hare, 63


Dr. James Willis Hare, 63, of Mequon, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, while on vacation at his beloved family summer home in East Orleans on Cape Cod, Mass.

Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 16 at Crossroads Presbyterian Church,

6031 W. Chapel Hill Road, on the corner of N. Green Bay Road, in Mequon, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., with a memorial service beginning at 6 p.m.

Jim was born March 16, 1946 to Willis and Lucille Hare in Middletown, N.Y. He graduated in 1964 from Middletown High School, where he was a National Merit Scholar. After graduating from Colgate University in 1968, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Although strenuously opposed to war on moral grounds, Jim nonetheless felt obligated to serve his country when called upon. He was granted official government status as a Non-Combatant Conscientious Objector and served nine months under fire in Vietnam as a medic with an infantry company.

Upon discharge from the Army, he enrolled at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Engineering, where he met Karla Pinson. They married on Aug. 21, 1971. Jim received a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Columbia in 1972. In 1976, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell University Medical College. Jim and Karla moved to Milwaukee in 1976, where he participated in the Family Practice Residency training program at St. 

Michael Hospital. He was chief resident in the program during his third and final year of training.

 From 1976 to 1988, Jim was in private family practice in Mequon. In 1988, he joined the Family Health Plan Cooperative, where he became clinic director and served on the organization’s board. After receiving further training through the American Academy of Physician Executives, he continued his medical career as a medical director for several nationwide health insurers. His most recent occupation was clinic director and physician at the Milwaukee clinic of Concentra Occupational Health.

Jim’s personal interests included extensive involvement with Mequon’s Weyenberg Public Library board, preceding and including the library’s addition and expansion. As a former Eagle Scout, Jim was also deeply involved in local Boy Scout Troop 865, in which he served several years as Scoutmaster. He enjoyed nothing more than being with his sons and their friends on camping trips and expeditions.

Jim was an active member of Crossroads Presbyterian Church since 1981. His fondest church memory was a medical mission trip to Honduras in 1995, where he treated thousands of poor people with significant medical needs.

He is predeceased by his father, Willis Hare (1907-1981), and mother, Lucille Hare (1920-2000). He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Karla Hare, and their children, all of whom reside in New York City, Jordan Hare and his fiancée Helen O’Reilly, Nathaniel Hare and his girlfriend Emily Fisher, and Lauren Hare and her girlfriend Jess Lopez. He is also survived by his sister, Pamela Hare, and her husband, Albert Schoemann, of East Orleans, Mass.; sister Jane Clark of Kennebunk, Maine; and brother Jonathon Hare of Fort Atkinson.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to Crossroads Presbyterian Church, where a memorial fund will be established to provide scholarship money for future participants in medical missions. Additional contributions may be made to the Weyenberg Public Library Foundation in Mequon.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who has helped them in this time of need, and have set up a Web site for people to share stories, photos, and memories, www.jamesharememorial.com.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Service in Mequon is serving the family.