James McAtee ’66

15 February 2016

Class: 1966

Deceased: April 27, 2003

McAtee, JAMES W., President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Health Corporation, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 27, 2003. He was born March 11, 1945 in Davenport, Iowa. Jim graduated from Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Illinois. He then served in the United States Army and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa.

He began his business career with Masonite Corporation, and in the late 1970s, he entered the health care profession with Hospital Affiliates. He was president of a Horizon predecessor in the 1980s before that company merged with Dallas-based Republic Health Corporation and served as Chief Financial Officer while at Republic. He remained Chief Financial Officer from 1990 to 1999, serving as Vice President of Finance and Administration during much of that period. He was promoted to President/Chief Executive Officer in late 1998.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Joy Honore McAtee, his children, Joseph (Joe) and Alexandria (Alex), mother, Mrs. E. Dee McAtee of Huntley, Illinois, and four sisters. He is preceded in death by his father, J. W. McAtee.

Jim was both loved and admired for his thoughtful and friendly nature. Known for an inane quirky sense of humor and passionate about good food, fine wines, and a cold dry martini, he found true joy residing in the company of his family and friends. His interests ranged from history to politics, crossword puzzles, and sports, particularly baseball and horseracing. Genealogy research was a favorite pastime that sprung from his love of both his and Marys family. Being kind and generous with the community at large and his family was not just a priority, rather simply his way of life.  Jim never met a stranger, and all who knew him took an instant liking to him. We are all extremely proud of him and his many accomplishments, and he will be greatly missed by all. He was our favorite joke teller, even the corny ones, and we will carry the laughter in our hearts forever. 

Published in Dallas Morning News from Apr. 30 to May 1, 200

 

McATEE, JAMES W., President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Health Corporation, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 27, 2003. He was born March 11, 1945 in Davenport, Iowa. Jim graduated from Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Illinois. He then served in the United States Army and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa.

He began his business career with Masonite Corporation, and in the late 1970s, he entered the health care profession with Hospital Affiliates. He was president of a Horizon predecessor in the 1980s before that company merged with Dallas-based Republic Health Corporation and served as Chief Financial Officer while at Republic. He remained Chief Financial Officer from 1990 to 1999, serving as Vice President of Finance and Administration during much of that period. He was promoted to President/Chief Executive Officer in late 1998.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Joy Honore McAtee, his children, Joseph (Joe) and Alexandria (Alex), mother, Mrs. E. Dee McAtee of Huntley, Illinois, and four sisters. He is preceded in death by his father, J. W. McAtee.

Jim was both loved and admired for his thoughtful and friendly nature. Known for an inane quirky sense of humor and passionate about good food, fine wines, and a cold dry martini, he found true joy residing in the company of his family and friends. His interests ranged from history to politics, crossword puzzles, and sports, particularly baseball and horseracing. Genealogy research was a favorite pastime that sprung from his love of both his and Marys family. Being kind and generous with the community at large and his family was not just a priority, rather simply his way of life.  Jim never met a stranger, and all who knew him took an instant liking to him. We are all extremely proud of him and his many accomplishments, and he will be greatly missed by all. He was our favorite joke teller, even the corny ones, and we will carry the laughter in our hearts forever. 

Published in Dallas Morning News from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2003

 

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  • 2016-02-21 20:31:57
    Rosemary Anderson

    McATEE, JAMES W., President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Health Corporation, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 27, 2003. He was born March 11, 1945 in Davenport, Iowa. Jim graduated from Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Illinois. He then served in the United States Army and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa.

    He began his business career with Masonite Corporation, and in the late 1970s, he entered the health care profession with Hospital Affiliates. He was president of a Horizon predecessor in the 1980s before that company merged with Dallas-based Republic Health Corporation and served as Chief Financial Officer while at Republic. He remained Chief Financial Officer from 1990 to 1999, serving as Vice President of Finance and Administration during much of that period. He was promoted to President/Chief Executive Officer in late 1998.

    He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Joy Honore McAtee, his children, Joseph (Joe) and Alexandria (Alex), mother, Mrs. E. Dee McAtee of Huntley, Illinois, and four sisters. He is preceded in death by his father, J. W. McAtee.

    Jim was both loved and admired for his thoughtful and friendly nature. Known for an inane quirky sense of humor and passionate about good food, fine wines, and a cold dry martini, he found true joy residing in the company of his family and friends. His interests ranged from history to politics, crossword puzzles, and sports, particularly baseball and horseracing. Genealogy research was a favorite pastime that sprung from his love of both his and Marys family. Being kind and generous with the community at large and his family was not just a priority, rather simply his way of life.  Jim never met a stranger, and all who knew him took an instant liking to him. We are all extremely proud of him and his many accomplishments, and he will be greatly missed by all. He was our favorite joke teller, even the corny ones, and we will carry the laughter in our hearts forever. 

    Published in Dallas Morning News from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2003

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