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JOLIET – Dr. Theodore Kanellakes, a leader in the Joliet medical community and one of the founders of Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, died Monday.
Kanellakes, 75, was an allergist with his own practice on Hammes Avenue while also taking leading roles in medical causes and institutions.
In addition to helping start the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic in which Kanellakes continued to be involved until his death, he had served at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center as chairman of the Department of Medicine and president of the medical staff.
He remained involved with the hospital and was a member of the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Foundation Board at the time of his death.
Kanellakes also stayed involved with the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, a free clinic in Joliet for indigent people in need of health care, ever since he and fellow doctors initiated its creation in 1988, said Shawn West, executive director of the clinic.