John James Fenessy 1933-2016

Hyde Park resident John James Fennessy died on Sunday, Jan. 3. He was Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago.

Fennessy was born in Clonmel County Tipperary in Ireland in 1933. He was an alumnus of Glenstall Abbey Limerick and Christian Brothers Schools in Clonmel. Fennessy received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees at University College in Dublin then immigrated to America in 1959, settling in Chicago’s Hyde Park community where he did his residency at University of Chicago (U. of C.) Hospitals.

Fennessy joined the U. of C. faculty in the Department of Radiology in 1963, where he remained until his retirement in 2004 serving as chairman from 1974 to 1984.  Fennessy touched thousands of lives during his decades of service with gifts of generosity, humility and dignity. During his tenure as Professor of Radiology at U. of C. he was named “Favorite Faculty Awardee” over 30 times by his students.

Fennessy loved the outdoors and was an avid fly fisherman.

Fennessy was preceded in death by his daughter Emer Moira.

Fennessy is survived by his wife of 55 years Ann Mary Una (nee O’Sullivan), his siblings in Ireland Nora (Matt) Stapleton and Cianan (Bríd) Fennessy, his children Deirdre Ann (Richard Wallace), Conor Dermott, Sean Donal, Rona Meabdh, Niall Patrick, and Ruairi Brendan (Bridget Scales); and his beloved grandchildren Jamie, Seaogh Emmet, Liam George and Áine Clonea; as well as numerous dear nephews and nieces across Ireland in the Stapleton and O’Sullivan families.

A funeral service for Fennessy was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. Interment will take place in Ireland.