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James Leslie Quale March 3, 1943 - Dec. 8, 2012

James Leslie Quale March 3, 1943 - Dec. 8, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Dr. James Leslie Quale died on December 8, 2012 in his Scottsdale, AZ home, after a long illness. He was born on March 3, 1943 to Delroy and Guida Quale, in Willmar, MN. He enjoyed a happy childhood there, where he made countless friendships that extended throughout his lifetime (even serving as the stand-up comic at a one Willmar High School reunion). He loved spending summers at his grandparents’ farm in Brooten, MN with many cousins, aunts and uncles. It was also in Willmar where he met his wife, Barbara Hinz, to whom he was married for 46 wonderful years.

He attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated from its medical school in 1969 and was a member of AOA. He did an internship in Dallas, TX, a residency in Denver, CO, and worked for two years as an emergency room doctor in Huntsville, AL. He served in the US Air Force as a Flight Surgeon from 1971-73, with service in Korat, Thailand.

Jim practiced radiology with Medical X-Ray Center in Sioux Falls, SD from 1976-1989, where he and Barb raised their family. Following a fellowship in muscular-skeletal radiology in Kansas City, KS in 1990, he relocated back to Littleton, CO where he practiced medicine with Radiology Imaging Associates from 1992 to 2007, taking on the role of president of his group in his final six years there. He ended his medical career in Minneapolis, MN, working for four years with Consulting Radiology Limited.

When Jim wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing with friends, trolling around the Black Hills during the annual Harley Davidson rally in Sturgis, and traveling extensively around the world with his favorite companion, Barb, returning to one of their favorite cities, Barcelona, again and again. His warm spirit and great sense of humor helped cultivate friends everywhere he went.

He will be greatly missed for his captivating story-telling, his extraordinary generosity and the giant bear hugs he gave to all his loved ones when he greeted them. He is survived by his wife Barb, of Scottsdale, AZ; his mother Guida and brother Gary (Gail), all of Willmar; his son Peter (Michelle) of Minneapolis and daughter Lisa (Zack Shannon) of Tucson, AZ; four grand children; many extended relatives and friends.

There will be a celebration of Jim's life at a later time; the family will run an announcement in the newspaper for that event, with those details. The family invites loved ones interested in commemorating Jim's life to send memorials, in his name, to the Willmar Area Community Foundation.