Joseph A. Wells
August 28, 2006
Joseph A. (Jay) Wells, Ph.D., M.D., died Aug. 22 in Glenwood Springs at the age of 90.
He was born April 6, 1916, in Wellsville, Mo., and was raised in Denver. His great-grandparents Lui Miller and Christina Shock, Colorado pioneers, arrived in the first horse-drawn carriage seen on the streets of Denver in 1860. He was married to Dorothy Spindle Wells from 1940 to 1970, and was preceded in death by his second wife of 34 years, Ann Tobin Wells. He is survived by four sons: Daniel C. Wells (Lois), Bethlehem, Pa.; Thomas B. Wells, Buchanan, Mich.; James F. Wells (Amy), Basalt; and David W. Wells (Barbara), Austin, Texas; as well as four grandchildren: Laura W. Escalante, Jonathan M. Wells, Brian L. Wells and William J. Wells.
Jay attended the University of Denver, B.S., 1937, M.S., 1938, and Northwestern University, Ph.D., 1942, M.D., 1946. He served as professor, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and associate dean of the Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, 1946-70.He joined the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 1970, as dean of the medical school. He retired as dean in 1978. He was awarded Loyola’s prestigious Stritch Medal for service and commitment to the school of medicine.
Following retirement, he returned to Colorado where he lived in Old Snowmass, Silt and Carbondale.Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Father Fahey Scholarship, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, Il 60153, or the Friends of the Rifle Library, 107 E. Second St., Rifle, CO 81650.