Deceased October 23, 2015

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In Memory

Jim died on Oct. 23 after a brief illness. He grew up in Mansfield, Ohio, and attended high school there. At Amherst, Jim pledged Phi Delt, worked on the Student, majored in history and was coxswain on the varsity crew.

Jim Woodburn ’55, who had roomed with Jim, described him as “an all-time nice guy, liked people, had a great sense of humor, was a well-organized student who never had to pull all-nighters.” Members of the crew can still hear Jim’s voice, loud and powerful, barking out the beat from his faultless inner clock. But because he was the coxswain, Jim’s weight was the subject of sustained ribbing by the oarsmen, who would cry out “Chow Hound” whenever they saw Jim eat anything.

After graduation Jim toured Europe with John Marion ’55 and Deane Tank ’55. Then came two years in the Army. He received a degree in accounting from the University of Florida in 1960 and spent the rest of his life in that field.

He settled in Sarasota, where he became a partner in a CPA firm and active within his community. Jim was the longtime president of the Southwest Florida Amherst Association and was instrumental in arranging the Amherst-Williams football telecasts. He secured speakers from the College to talk to the group on their southern swings. He also helped the Phi Delt chapter in a local college.

Jim took on the responsibilities of a certified financial planner, president of the Sarasota County Community Foundation (1984–94) and president of the Gulf Coast chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs (1988–89).

Jim is survived by his wife Ellie, two sons and two granddaughters.

Rob Sowersby ’55