Dr. James M Sargent, 79, passed away peacefully late Sunday, August 24, 2014, after a three-month battle with leukemia. He was at his home in Fish Creek, with his family by his side.
He was born August 5, 1935, in Green Bay, the son of the late John A. and Ruth (Miller) Sargent. Jim received his B.A. (1957) and his M.D. (1961) at the University of Michigan. He went on to complete his orthopedic residency there in 1966. He then served his country as a surgeon in the United States Army at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Captain.
On June 11, 1960, he was united in marriage to Madeleine E. Moss in Ishpeming, Michigan. In 1968, Jim moved his wife and four children to Appleton, Wisconsin, to become a partner with the Valley Orthopedic Clinic. Dr. Sargent excelled in the operating room. His patients will remember his confident blue eyes, his jovial bedside manner, his uncompromising standards as a physician, and his gift for explaining complex medical scenarios in plain language. His loyal nurse of 30 years, Judy Keller, will undoubtedly recall how his lively stories and jokes brightened the operating room.
Jim and Madeleine enjoyed Door County as their summer home and in 2001 after Jim retired they moved to Door County permanently. He was then able to pursue his artistic interests, developing his skills as a painter and sculptor. Jim was fortunate to have studied with Gerhardt Miller and to become an accomplished water color artist in his own right. He pursued sculpture in various mediums and created several spectacular pieces in bronze.
Jim was a talented, intelligent man who continually challenged himself to pursue new conquests. He loved sailing the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan and was a competitive sailor throughout his life. He sailed 35 Chicago to Mackinac races and in 1989, his yacht, Shamrock, was awarded a first place finish in their division. In 2012, Jim published a full-length, spy-thriller novel, The Infiltrator. Jim also loved skiing, duck hunting, ice boating, photography, wine collecting, cheering for the Packers, traveling the world, and spending time with his many special friends.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Madeleine of Fish Creek; four children, Anne (Jim) Noth of Hinsdale, IL, John (Diane) Sargent of Indian Head Park, IL, Melanie (Kevin) McCreadie of Baltimore, MD, Julie (Ted) O’Connell of Bellingham, WA; eight grandchildren, C.J., Meghan, and Charlie Sargent, Elizabeth and Kevin Cahill, Will and Ian McCreadie, and Amelia O’Connell; two sisters-in-law, Cynthia Meade Sargent of Chicago, IL, Nancy Kinsey Sargent of Fish Creek; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Peggy Moss of Dayton, OH; and many dear nieces; nephews; and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John “Jack” and Ruth Sargent; and two brothers, Robert and John.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Friday, September 5, 2014, at Stella Maris Parish-Fish Creek site, 4019 State Highway 42, with Fr. Art Heinze officiating. Burial will be made at Blossomburg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park. Military honors will follow the Mass. Friends may call at the church on Friday, September 5, 2014, from 9:30 am until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m.
Memorials may be given in Jim’s memory to The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI, The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI, or The Door County Land Trust, Sturgeon Bay, WI.