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James Balfour Hoyme, MD

James Balfour Hoyme, MD

Dr. James Balfour Hoyme, 83, of Carrboro, NC (formerly of Philadelphia, Charleston, and Grand Forks) died at home on Friday, August 17, 2018. He was born February 17, 1935 in Grand Forks, ND. He was a member of the Grand Forks Central High School Class of 1952. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1957 and received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1959. Jim completed his psychiatric residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1965, served as a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve at Camp Lejeune, NC from 1967-1969, taught at the UND School of Medicine from 1970-1973 and was instrumental in starting several satellite outpatient psychiatric clinics in small towns and reservations surrounding Grand Forks, and was on the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1973 through 1984. He was Medical Director of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital from 1984 to 1996 and remained in private practice in Philadelphia through 2015. He was a member of the American Psychiatric Association and a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Jim had a brilliant mind, wonderful sense of humor, boundless curiosity, and appetite for learning. He was empathic and compassionate, relishing meeting and understanding new people. Jim wanted to hear everyone's story and make people laugh. He nurtured his children's independent spirits, encouraged their irreverence, and delighted in their deep love for him, and for each other.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his former wife of 40 years, Marjorie Weiss Hoyme. He will be loved and deeply missed by his brother Tom Hoyme and his sister Jane Hoyme; his five children, Jeff Hoyme, Gail Hoyme, Steve Hoyme, Karen Hoyme, and Carmen Bannon; his seven grandchildren, Damon Mendoza, Lluvia Henneberg, Will Hoyme, Matt Hoyme, Katie Hoyme, Phillip Hoyme, and Rachel Hoyme; his 11 great-grandchildren, his first wife, Kay Cooper (with whom he regained a cherished friendship with her and her encouraging husband Dr. Art Prange), and many other beloved extended family members, and countless friends from throughout his life.

A memorial celebration of Jim's life will be held Saturday November 3rd, at 2:00 pm, at 217 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about the memorial, please email

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jim can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union,

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