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James C. Boylan

January 29, 1937December 22, 2020

James C. “Jim” Boylan, 83, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. He was born January 29, 1937 in Elyria, Ohio, and had been a resident of Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana, Lincolnshire and Gurnee, IL. He served in the Naval Reserves for several years. He graduated Ohio Northern University with a degree in Pharmacy and went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D in Industrial Pharmacy from Purdue University. Jim loved sports, especially baseball which he played through high school and hockey which he played at ONU and throughout his early career. He passed on his love of sports to his children, coaching his son’s baseball teams and his daughter’s touch football team. He loved sailing, which he also shared with his family. Jim began his career in pharmaceutical research at Eli Lilly (1963-1978). He was employed by G.D. Searle from 1978-1983 as Director of Pharmaceutical Development and by Abbott Laboratories Hospital Products Division from 1983-1999 as Director, Pharmaceutical Technology. Jim was an adjunct professor at Purdue (1982-1995), University of Kentucky (1974-2001) and University of Illinois (1982-1993). In addition to co-editing the Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology, 1st and 2nd editions, Jim was active in several professional organizations. These included United States Pharmacopeia (1985-2005), for which he chaired several committees and was an active member of others; the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (1986-96) of which he was a founding member; The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (1974-79), of which he held the offices of Vice President and President; The American Pharmaceutical Association (1972-1980); the Parenteral Drug Association (1982-94), for which he served on the Board of Directors. Jim was elected Distinguished Alumnus from Purdue University (Pharmacy) in 1985 and served as a Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council (1989-2000). He also played an active role in his church, serving on the Vestry and heading up the Parish Council. Upon retirement, he enjoyed traveling, the theatre (both attending and performing), taking classes at the College of Lake County, and singing in choirs at CLC, Carthage College, Trinity and St. Patrick’s Church choirs and Festival Arts of Antioch. Jim was a loving husband and father, generous mentor, and good friend. Surviving are his wife, Jean; his children Susan (John) Burton), and Tom (Meredith); his grandchildren, Allison (Chris) Tancig and Zachary Burton; Haley and Parker Boylan; and great grandchildren Finn and Beau Tancig; his sisters, Sally (Stanley) Kaminski and Elizabeth (William) Green and one niece, two nephews, three grandnieces and four grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Faith (Wilford) Boylan and his brother, Robert.

The Funeral Mass will be at St.Patrick Church, Wadsworth, January 29, 2021 at 10:30 a,m. Those planning to attend the service are requested to register with St. Patrick’s Church (847-244-4161) by 1/27/21 in compliance with CDC/Archdiocesan guidelines for Covid. The service will be available through live streaming - see Zoom link below. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Doctors without Borders, Alzheimer’s Research, St. Patrick Church Wadsworth, or the charity of your choice.

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Tom Boylan

January 23, 2021


Thank you. Thank you for the kindness, compassion, and empathy that you shared with me. I will always treasure the memories of you coaching my sports teams. Our last trip to Purdue to watch a football game together meant so much to me.

I love you and will miss you forever.

Susan Burton

January 23, 2021

The best dad ever! You were always there for me and made me the person I am today. I will cherish our conversations, your advice over the years and your love for family. Our memories we made together are priceless and I know you will continue to watch over me and my family, rest in peace dad. We all love you very much.

Julie Yepsen

January 20, 2021

Jean and family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in knowing that Jim went Home for Christmas, reunited with loved ones, healthy and strong once again.