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Dr. Willard B. Fessenden Jr.

Posted By Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care On October 12, 2011 @ 10:26 pm In Obituaries | 30 Comments

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Dr. Bill Fessenden, passed away on October 8, 2011. Private cremation services have been held.  A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

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#1 Comment By Carol Prestidge On October 13, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

The Doctor will be missed. Over the years he became a friend as well as a Doctor There are fond memories of our conversations, Farewell.

#2 Comment By Ken Smith On October 15, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

Today we had the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Evanston where Dr. Fessenden had been in charge for twenty-eight years. I worked with him twenty-five of those, and I always found him to be the perfect ideal of a gentleman. It was such a shock to hear of his death. He will be missed.

#3 Comment By Terrie Latino On October 17, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

I have been a patient for 35+ years. I also have many fond memories. I am in total shock at his passing.



#4 Comment By Genevieve Kirk On October 17, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

My grandmother (who knew Dr. Fessenden for 40 years!) referred me to the Doctor 14 years ago during my freshman year of college. While I’ve changed locations quite a bit since that time, I always enjoyed coming back to the Windy City and checking in with Dr. Fessenden. He was fun to converse with and helped get my skin under control. My husband jokingly called him both my dermatologist and “shrink.” 🙂 I was saddened to hear the news of his passing, but glad to have had a chance to speak with him this summer. My sincere condolences to his family and thanks to Dr. Fessenden for being a very nice and helpful person.

#5 Comment By Bonnie Dannen On October 24, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

I remember the fun we had planning and decorating Lyric Opera House for the Fantasy Balls. I spoke with him about a month ago and am saddened to hear of his passing.

My condolences to his family.

#6 Comment By John Cisarik On November 28, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

I only heard about Dr. Fessenden’s death today, November 28.

I was a patient of his for many years, probably from the time he took over the practice (and the equipment and furnishings) from a physician who retired. We shared a mutual interest in opera, so my appointments sometimes went on longer than would have been required by my medical complaint alone. My condolences to his family on their loss.

John Cisarik

#7 Comment By Daniel McGowan On December 14, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

My condolences are offered to Dr. Fessenden’s family and to his receptionist, Hettie, on his passing. I miss Dr. Fessenden’s medical care and his gentlemanly presence.

#8 Comment By Edmond Leonard On January 24, 2012 @ 11:42 am

I only learned yesterday (January 23, 2012) of Dr. Fessenden’s passing. He was a wonderful doctor and a caring and cultured person. I was his patient for over 25 years and will certainly miss him. My belated condolences to his family and friends.

#9 Comment By Jane Anne Gross On January 25, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

I have been a patient of Dr. Fessenden’s since I was 17 I think and I am now approaching 60. I called today to schedule an appointment and was so looking forward to seeing him and catching up. He was a wonderful doctor and a caring and interesting person. I always enjoyed going to see him and will miss our chats. I referred many friends to him and they were also always pleased with their association. He will long be missed.

#10 Comment By Ted Silberstein On February 14, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

I am so glad his patients have remembered this beloved friend, as I have never found an obituary.

Bill was a great man, a brilliant scholar, a doctor who loved his patients deeply, a berserk opera aficionado, the kindest of us all.

#11 Comment By Jennifer Greenwalt On February 19, 2012 @ 11:42 am

I just learned that Dr. Fessenden died (Feb 19th). I’m so shocked and saddened. He was such a kind man, always asking about your life, and he genuinely cared about you. Ironically, I was searching for an address to send a birth announcement for my baby girl to his office. Does anyone know where Hattie is? So so sad. I’ll miss him.

#12 Comment By Rob Connor On February 20, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

I was visiting another doctor today (2-20-2012)in the 500 N. Michigan building and just heard that Bill had died. I was surprised. I had been going to Dr. Fessenden for almost 20 years as needed for skin problems. He was a wonderful doctor and loved to give you free samples to help save money. He was an old fashioned doc who spent time with you and always gave me more time so we could just chat about my life. I will dearly miss him. Rest in Peace dear friend.

#13 Comment By Renee LaVerne Rose On March 7, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

I found out on 3-7-12 that Dr. Fessenden passed away. He was truly a wonderful Doctor with a gentle soul and demeanor. I am so blessed to have had the privilege of being his patient.

#14 Comment By Fred Pipin On March 15, 2012 @ 10:23 am

Bill and I were great friends for many years. I was also one of many, I am sure, long term patients. I wish I could find someone with his care and technique. My best wishes to his family and friends in this time of sorrow.

#15 Comment By Scot Thompson On April 2, 2012 @ 9:07 am

Dr. Fessenden was not only my doctor, but a good friend. He will be deeply missed.

#16 Comment By lisa On April 2, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

Farewell kind doctor.

#17 Comment By Candy Nudo On April 17, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

I am in shock. I just found out that Dr. Fessenden passed away. (4.17.12) I have been his patient since 1980ish. My daughter and I loved Dr. Fessenden. He was such and wonderful, warm, friendly doctor. We will both miss him terribly. I will miss seeing Hettie also. I pray she is doing all right.

#18 Comment By lori morrison On April 23, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

I am so sad to hear about Dr. Fessenden. He was such a nice doctor. I started going to him when i was 14 years old. I am now 50.

#19 Comment By Larry Wolf On June 11, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

I was just trying to call the office to make an appointment for my daughter and found out that Dr. Fessenden had passed away.
My condolences go out his family, friends and well as Hattie.
My Mom worked in the office of the building for many years which was how I met him. A finer gentleman I doubt anyone could have met. He was an excellent Doctor and an even better human being. I am so saddened to hear of his passing.

#20 Comment By Lindsay LaVine On June 11, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

I only learned today (June 11, 2012) of Dr. Fessenden’s passing when I was trying to get a prescription renewed. I was a patient for 13 years. He will be missed – he had a great bedside manner and would give each patient his full time and attention. My condolences.

#21 Comment By Elizabeth Casieri Tuohy On June 19, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

June 19, 2012 I tried calling Dr. Fessenden’s office and home to no avail. I finally googled “is he deceased?” and found this sight. I am so sad. I have know Bill since 1968 when he came to Chicago and joined Dr. F. Schwartz’s practice. He took over his practice when Dr. Schwartz died. I worked at the desk in the office in the summer a few years in the 70’s until school started and I went back to teaching. What a dear, kind man who loved music and Opera. Bill was a dear family friend of my parents and I and our dermatologist.

#22 Comment By Syed Farooq On June 21, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

June 21, 2012. Very sad to hear of Dr. Fessenden’s passing. I was a patient of his for only a few years but found him to be a gem of a human being and a very honorable man. I wish his family my sincerest condolences.

#23 Comment By J.Phillips & Daughter On September 30, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

We discovered in June, 2012 that our dearly beloved Dr. Fessenden had made his transition. I was his patient for more than 34 years. I saw him in September, 2009 as a patient, and he gave me, as always, words of encouragement for another type of health issue. He was truly a remarkable and kind individual and a brilliant doctor. He truly cared about his patients and their families. Please accept our late condolences and he will always be remebered in our prayers, as well as his “right hand” Hettie. I really developed my love of the opera from Dr. Fessenden.

#24 Comment By Susan Ali On October 19, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

I just learned of Dr. Fessenden’s passing. I was his patient for more than 35 years. He was a wonderful man – so kind and always interested in others.
He will be missed.

#25 Comment By D. Carey On December 13, 2012 @ 9:06 am

Although I initially heard from the answering machine at the office that Dr. Fessenden had passed, I think of his kind and compassionate care often. Just found this site on the internet and wanted to add my thoughts to those of others who appreciated and benefited from his life and work.

#26 Comment By Jeff Emans On January 25, 2013 @ 5:05 pm


I’m in shock about Dr. Fessenden’s passing. I was one of his first patients when he took over the Schwartz practice. As others mentioned he was just wonderful. He was always interested in you as a person and many times we backed up his office as we shared stories.

He is missed!


#27 Comment By L. Hamilton On February 11, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

So sorry to hear that Dr. Fessenden passed away. He was a wonderful doctor–always interested in the patient and their family, and glad to converse rather than rush you out the door. Enjoyed his lobby furnishings, including vintage childrens’ books that may well have been his favorites when he was a boy.

#28 Comment By Sandra Sanoski On November 18, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

Just learned about the loss of dear Dr. Fessenden, and I am so sorry for your loss. I was a patient of his some years ago when he helped me with a problem for which other doctors had no solution. I tried to phone his office to make an appointment today only find that his office was closed. He was the kindest, most wonderful, generous and caring doctor. An exceptional physician and a true healer in every way. Appointments with this remarkable renaissance gentleman were always a joy! Thank you for everything, Dr. Fessenden! The world has lost one of the very best, and he will be sadly missed.

#29 Comment By Rita M. Novak On January 20, 2016 @ 1:48 pm

I regret that I did not know of Dr. Fesseden’s passing until just now as I tried to make an appointment to see him. He was the kindest of all doctors. I will deeply miss him and very much regret that I was unable to pass my condolences to his family in a more timely fashion. I do hope it helps to know that the memory of his fine service and professionalism are long lasting. My condolences to Hattie also.

#30 Comment By Arthur kerbs On March 2, 2020 @ 9:33 pm

Thank you Dr. For being u…….so good and kind……
Remember the times when we talked about different ways of treating psoriasis
U r missed

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