Dr. James Jude

  • Born: June 7, 1928
  • Died: July 28, 2015
  • Location: Coral Gables, Florida


Surgeon who helped pioneer key CPR technique dies at 87

The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Dr. James Jude, one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has died. He was 87.

Peter Jude says his father died early Tuesday in Coral Gables after an extended illness. Jude says his father always wanted to help people, noting CPR has saved countless lives.

In the late 1950s, the doctor and two electrical engineers, William Kouwenhoven and Guy Knickerbocker, did research which led to their development of chest compression in 1960. This was later combined with work by others on artificial respiration to become CPR.

The Minnesota native moved to Florida in 1964 to become professor of surgery and chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital. He maintained a private practice from 1971 until 2000.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I am forever grateful to Dr Jude. He saved my husband's life during emergency open heart surgery in 1991. We had only been married a month. Thirty years later we are still together thanks to Dr Jude. May God continue to bless this good man and may he rest in peace.

Posted by Dona Kirkland - Boynton Beach, FL - Acquaintance   February 21, 2021


Always in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Angela Whittaker - Lowestoft   April 13, 2020

Deeply saddened for the death of Dr. James Jude

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   February 17, 2020

Dr.James Jude will be remembered for discovering C.P.R. Also his deep love for helping others. May the God of comfort and peace strengthen all his dear loved ones during this difficult time. He is resting in Gods memory. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   January 24, 2020

May the God of all comfort ,comforts the family and friends of Dr. James Jude

Posted by New York    December 01, 2019

I am so sorry to learn of the death of Dr. Jude. It is so good that he used his life to pioneer this technique that has saved so many lives as well as his other medical contributions. I extend my sincere condolences to his family and the many others who loved him. It's good to be remembered fondly by others but even more so to be remembered by God. May Dr. Jude rest knowing that god has an impeccable memory. Prov 10:7a

Posted by Veronica - NC   February 15, 2019

My sincere condolences go out to the family. Yesterday...Today...Tomorrow...May loving memories always bring you peace and comfort. And may the strength that God provides,sustain you until His promise comes true. (John 6:40)

Posted by T. M. - GA   January 23, 2019


I may have not known him, but he has saved many lives. My cousin had almost drowned if it weren't for CPR.

Posted by Sarah L - Newville, PA, PA   October 24, 2018

Thank you Dr. Jude for your work in CPR. I have personally witnessed CPR save countless lives. - Stephen P. McCarthy, AA, NRP, FP-C

Posted by Stephen McCarthy - Philadelphia, PA - Acquaintance   November 22, 2017

Thank you for allowing me, a certified Rescue SCUBA diver, for being able to save lives that otherwise would have been lost. I thank God every time for guiding you and the two engineers to the beginnings of C.P.R., allowing to to be developed into what it is today. Your contribution to entire generations will be appreciated, welcomed, shared with as many others as we can and has provided every person (and animal) that has used or been given all, or part, of the procedures you and your team developed.
On behalf of the people I've been blessed enough to help so that they may continue their lives and the continuation of their families. Not all survived, but I always know that I've done the best I can because of C.P.R., letting me have some peace that they passed but not because of a lack of trying with an arsenal of tools, not the least being C.P.R.
Rest in peace. You will always be thanked, even by those who don't know who you are; They, as well as their families and friends, will always know what you and your team gave us.

Posted by Shawn Klarich - LaCrosse, WA - Teacher   June 17, 2017

Sorry to hear of the loss.

Posted by Ann Stokman - Sarasota, FL   February 05, 2017


Although I didn't know this amazing doctor personally. I want to express my deepest thank you and condolences on such an amazing life he had. Such a wonderful legacy to leave for eternity. God bless him and Rest his soul in peace. God bless his family and friends during such a difficult time, may you find strength in Christ Jesus and comfort in your hearts of the love you shared with this wonderful man and doctor. <3>

Posted by Beverly york - Lynnwood, WA - Acquaintance   January 30, 2017

My sincerest condolences to the family of Dr. James Jude. May the God of peace comfort you during this difficult time. Isaiah 66:13
"As a mother comforts her son, So I will keep comforting you;"

Posted by Veronica Webster - Natchez, MS   December 15, 2016

Thank you for all the billions of lives, mine inlcuded, you helped save.

Posted by Brooke Grondin - ME   April 11, 2016

He was my inspiration to become a Docter r.i.p until you return

Posted by Davine - Los angelas, CA - Son   March 21, 2016

There is no doubt Dr. James Jude loved life. I share these words for family and friends, and all those he taught CPR.
Acts 17: 24 The God who made the world and all the things in it, being, as he is, Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade temples;25nor is he served by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.

Posted by Rosa - Guayama   February 20, 2016

He is really gud guys .
R.I.P my bro

Posted by Binod bassnet - U.S.A, CA - Classmate   February 18, 2016


Good going DR. Jude, you made this planet a better place with your caring heart and knowledge. You will never be forgotten.

Posted by Elaine Cannon - Pueblo, CO - not just a fan   September 28, 2015

Dr. Jude performed a sextuple bypass procedure on me in 1996. 19 years later, I'm still going strong. This is a testament to his skills as a surgeon. As a Dr. he had great bedside manners.
As a person he was, well, just a wonderful man.

Posted by S. W. Maynard - miami, FL - patient   August 30, 2015

Our deepest condolences to the Jude family. We are relatives here in his native state of Minnesota, and just learned of Dr. Jude's passing, as well has contributions to medicine. We did not know him personally, but are very proud of all he has done to save the lives of so many. We are so very sorry for your loss. Angie McCarthy (Granddaughter to Rita and Cliff Jude of Maple Lake, MN).

Posted by Angie McCarthy - Bemidji, MN - distant relative   August 04, 2015

Ceil, Mrs Jude and others of a beautiful family, my deepest condolances. Lo siento mucho. I heard yesterday. Prayers for all, and Gods' blessings.

Posted by Gloria Sordo- Artime - Orlando, FL - Friend of Mrs Cecilia Jude-Prahl   July 31, 2015

Dr. Jude performed open heart surgery on me at UM/JMH on November 19, 1965. I was 9 years old. He literally saved my life. I am now 59 years old. I still have a letter from him to my grandmother saying it would be a great idea to let me have a dog :). His dog was named Bones...I named mine Maggie :). I've thought about him a lot through the years. I will miss him greatly. - Sandra L. [ Cox ] Lowe, Deltona FL.

Posted by Sandra Lowe - Deltona, FL - Friend/Patient   July 29, 2015

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Dr. Jude performed open heart surgery on me at UM/JMH on November 19, 1965. I was 9 years old. He literally saved my life. I am now 59 years old. I still have a letter from him to my grandmother saying it would be a great idea to let me have a dog :). His dog was named Bones...I named mine Maggie :). I've thought about him a lot through the years. I will miss him greatly. - Sandra L. [ Cox ] Lowe, Deltona FL.