James (Jim) Leo Hilke, 73, previously from Raleigh, NC, died Thursday, September 14, at home in Potomac Falls, VA. He was born October 21, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri to Norbert C. Hilke and Marcella E. Mueller. He married Catherine Ann Christnacht on December 29, 1973 in St. Louis.
Jim received a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, a master’s degree in Counseling from St. Louis University in Missouri, and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
After graduating from college, Jim spent several years teaching. He moved to North Carolina with his family in 1976 to attend a UNC doctoral program. After two years, he became the educational coordinator at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh while completing the doctoral program. He began private practice in 1980 and in 1989 formed Capital Area Psychological Services, P.A., where he worked until 2015 when he retired.
Jim was active with the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA), where he served as president of the Association as well as co-chair of the insurance committee and president of the Division of Independent Professional Practice. He enjoyed photography, reading Conrad, attending theatre, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Ann of Potomac Falls, VA; two daughters Christine M. (Leif) Emerson of Canton, Georgia, and Catherine M. Hilke of Arlington, Virginia; three grandchildren Robert James Emerson, Hannah K. Hilke, and Jamison C. Hilke; one brother Dennis J. (Cindy) Hilke of Sacramento, California; and one nephew Alex Hilke of Sacramento, California.
A visitation will be held Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Advent Funeral Home at 7211 Lee Highway in Falls Church, VA from 3:00-6:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 5300 N. 10th Street, Arlington, VA. A short service followed by a visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Carolina from 2:30-5:00 PM. Burial will take place in in Chattanooga, TN later in the week. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org or the Project Enlightenment Foundation at projectenlightenmentfoundation.org.