Library named for Tyree

Staff Writer

The University of Chicago Medical Center dedicated a diabetes education library to James C. Tyree, who chaired companies like the Sun-Times Media Group, Mesirow Financial Holdings and sat on the UCMC board.

Tyree died in 2011 at the medical center. The Cook County medical examiner ruled he died from an air embolism after a dialysis catheter removal, while he was being treated for stomach cancer. His death was ruled an accident.

His estate sued the medical center alleging negligence. The two parties reached a $10 million settlement agreement in 2012. Court records of the agreement mentioned an additional “gift agreement” but details were unavailable at the time.
His wife, Eve Tyree, spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, 5758 S. Maryland Ave.

Tyree also suffered from diabetes. The library will host classes and support groups as well as allow patients and families to access educational materials.

This is the latest component in the James C. Tyree Program for Diabetes Care and Innovation at UCMC. The program facilitates clinical programs for diabetes research, education and outreach for patients and professionals.