Dr. William Best

Visitation: Saturday, March 25th, 2017 3:30 P.M to 5:30 pm at River Glen, 975 N. Fifth Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174

Burial Location: Private


William Robert Best, MD, age 94, of St. Charles passed away on March 20, 2017 at Presence Pine View Care Center.

He was born July 14, 1922 in Chicago, IL to Stanley Gordon and Marian (Shapland) Best.

Dr. Best married Ruth Johanna Stuchlik on Sept. 2, 1944. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Dr. Barbara (Dr. Robert) Mulch and Patricia (Dr. Kurt) Williams; four grandchildren: Matt Mulch of Denver, CO, Luke (Jennifer) Mulch of O’Fallon, IL, Rebecca Williams and Dr. Laura Williams both of Chicago, IL; two great-granddaughters: Lydia and Charlotte Mulch; and two brothers, George and Richard.

Dr. Best was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Stanley and Howard.

Dr. Best was an Army Veteran, graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and practicing hematologist. He had also previously served as Associate Dean and Chief of Staff of University of Illinois Hospital, Chief of Staff at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Veterans’ Affairs at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and Acting Chief of VA Cooperative Studies Program in Washington, DC.

He had multiple articles published in the medical literature with special emphasis on statistics and computers in medicine. His hobbies included sailing, collecting artwork, and volunteering at the Art Institute of Chicago.

There will be a Celebration of Life from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, Saturday, March 25 at River Glen, 975 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the University of Illinois College of Medicine ( or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Diane Cowper Ripley from Gainesville FL

"I was deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Best's passing. He was a wonderful man and colleague to all of us at the VA. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

Joanne Dalessandro from Barrington IL

"Patty, Kurt, Girls and extended family,
I have so many wonderful memories from your home growing up in Riverside. Your dad touched & influenced so many people throughout his great life. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families during this difficult time.
Our deepest sympathy,
Love, Joanne, Alan, & Dina"

Mary Lencioni Pearson from Saint Charles IL

"Patty, I was so sorry to hear about your dad, he and your mom were good neighbors in the Townes of Fox Chase. My sympathy to your Mother and your family"

Missi from Elgin IL

"Patty and Dr Williams
I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you both and all of your family during this hard time."





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