James Alan Wakefield, 29, of Chicago, Ill., died Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at the University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, IL. He was born October 14, 1978 in Beloit, Wis., the son of Harold “Joe” and Susan Carey Wakefield. Jim was a 1997 honors graduate of Beloit Memorial High School and a Cum Laude graduate in 2001 from Knox College, receiving his degree in international relations. He married Marie Le Jehan on May 24, 2008 in Chicago, IL. After college, Jim taught English in South Korea and before his illness he was a social worker for Heartland Alliance. Jim was a great humanitarian and loved his family, friends and job. He treated everyone equally.