In memoriam

James T. Webb
In memory of Dr. James T. Webb

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Dr. James T. Webb passed away Friday, July 27, while on vacation with family in Mexico. He was 78 years old.

Jim was passionate about many things. He was an avid pilot, traveller, husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague. As a psychologist, he was dedicated to furthering gifted education. In his free time he loved spending quality time with his family, scuba diving, volunteering for different causes and flying his plane. He provided unconditional love and support and gave the best hugs.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Janet Gore, and his daughters, Mary, Amy, Patty and Nadia, her daughters, Ellen and Anne, and their significant others and their grandchildren. They loved him and will miss him dearly, as will his friends around the globe.

Jim is a well-known author and publisher who has written and edited numerous books. After retiring as an Associate Dean and professor from Wright State University (Ohio), he started the publishing company, Great Potential Press, through which he published dozens of books on different topics in the gifted field. He was a pioneer in the field of social and emotional needs of the gifted, for which cause he founded SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). He is the recipient of many awards for his work, including the SENG lifetime achievement award.

In lieu of flowers, people may send their condolences on this website and/or donate a memorial contribution to SENG via this link. We kindly request you to not call the family directly, but leave a public message on this page or send an email to the family using the link at the bottom of the page.

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Aicha Raqibi
Aicha Raqibi

Dear Dear Dear Dr. James T. Webb… I admire all the Things you did/ do/done, for al the most People Gifted or not), and for youre self ofcourse. ……. I read about you/and heard about you, from a Top Intervieuw, with one lady of a Miljoen(Triljoen), my TOP-COACH “Adrienne van den Bos from GIFTED PEOPLE….. When i heard the news, per e-mail from my TOP-COACH (Adrienne van den Bos, from Gifted People), i was in shock….. Also for youre Family, and a whole lot of people who is missing you right now, every day, every second and a whole life… Read more »

Regina Arnold
Regina Arnold

Dr. Webb has had a tremendous impact on my family through SENG for many years, and I finally got the chance to thank him at the conference in San Diego two weeks ago. My heart goes out to the family, and I pray God’s comfort and peace for them at this difficult time. To honor him, we can follow his example of building strong relationships, sharing our knowledge and time, modeling good character, and living a life of significance.

Bob Dell
Bob Dell

I was student and trainee under Jim at SENG years ago . Last saw him in Hartford 5 yrs or so back and told him of our son Gabriel who was born with Angelman Syndrome. At once Jim recognized the heartbreak and the incredible joy of our parenting experience and conveyed his congratulations and compassion. Angelman kids are gifted and talented huggers/kissers. Not a day goes by in my practice without a “Webbism” or a Webb story. A true mensch.

Chandana Watagodakumbura
Chandana Watagodakumbura

I was inspired by Dr.James Webb’s work including what is available on SENG website at a time in life I badly needed them in my life. His work contributed significantly to my survival possibly and whatever I have achieved as a human being so far. I will continue to be influenced by his work and I will pass his message to the world to the best of my ability

Bil
Bil

Sent you all my love from Nijmegen (Netherlands) Great Great Pioneer Thanks Thank u , Toedelz Bil

Kyla Fields
Kyla Fields

I have heard Jim speak several times at conferences. His message resonated with me & I went to. chat with him after one of his speaking sessions;. From then on I would stop by to talk every time I saw him at a conference. . Kind, passionate for the oft overlooked needs of the gifted population, knowledgeable & open to all who approached him. Our conversations led to my reading several of his books which have been my go-tos when ounseling families of my gifted students. Jim served his ‘tribe’ tirelessly & effectively, with humor, engagement & conviction. Rest In… Read more »

Margaret Westaway
Margaret Westaway

Thank you for all you have done for our Gifted community. You’ve touched so many lives.

Ruth Krider
Ruth Krider

I hope Jan and all the children and grandchildren are getting a small idea of how much Jim meant to the world through these posts. We are all so grateful to them for sharing him with all of us. I use Jim and Jan’s research, tips, common sense and advocacy for children each and every day in my job as well as raising a 2E child. I grieve for those left here, but am inspired to keep working towards every kid reaching their own high potential, academically and emotionally. Thank you, Jim, and all our love, Ruth (and Barb, Helen… Read more »

Truus van der Kaaij, the Netherlands
Truus van der Kaaij, the Netherlands

Dearest Jim,
we first met at the Dabrowski conference in 2010 in Calgary. I was impressed by your sensitivity for those having a hard time at that moment. I’ll never forget the picture that is still at the back of my eye. You have been a model. Many thanks for all your efforts to guide emotions.
Wish you a good journey.

shiona k
shiona k

This is very sad news, I saw Dr. Webb here in Vancouver in April and I could have listened to him for days. He had such a gift for the spoken word and was so very inspiring and funny. What a loss and he was so full of life. Thank you for sharing your husband, dad, grandfather, teacher and wise man with all of us who are seeking some wisdom and comfort on the subject of giftedness. For sure Dr. Webb gave this to me.

Juno
Juno

A few years ago, when my husband and I found suggestions and advice from SENG, we found hope and direction to support our kids. From then on, Dr Webb’s books and SENG became resources for daily guiding and support for our kids.

Thank you Dr. Webb!

Christine Turo-Shields
Christine Turo-Shields

We know not the hour nor the time . . . and Jim’s unexpected will be felt deeply. He was such a visionary and a legend, giving such guidance to each of us. He touched me personally & professionally. His book, Guiding the Gifted Child, left an indelible imprint on me . . . it opened my eyes to the journey of raising a PG child. Many thoughts & prayers are being lifted for his family as well as those in his SENG family & beyond.

Laura H
Laura H

I think of James Webb, in the early days of SENG, as a lighthouse that warned us of the rocky shoals, allowing us to steer away from dangerous water. He was a beacon of light to help families see their way. As he nurtured others, studied, wrote, shared and spoke, what evolved is a more sophisticated network of beacons for plotting paths through childhood and schools. May GPS Navigation and route planning be our goal as the community continues his work. “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton James Webb… Read more »

Linda Pagnano
Linda Pagnano

Dr. Webb did not know me when he answered the phone all those many eighteen years ago. Two hours of in-depth conversation later he had changed the course of my life and that of everyone in our family. He understood as no one else had seemed able before. He imparted to me important information on which I may never have otherwise stumbled. What had seemed so worrisome was made cherished. His wisdom so gentle. His guidance so clear and validating. There is no author whose work I have shared more avidly and widely. I can confidently say he has shined… Read more »

Steve Curtis, PhD
Steve Curtis, PhD

I am totally stunned by this news. Dr. Webb was such an inspiration for me and my wife, Jane Curtis, PhD. He inspired us to work with gifted children. We have worked with gifted children ever since we attended his seminar a long long time ago. This makes me incredibly sad and I am tearful when I write this. I have been so busy lately and have not had a chance to really realize that he is gone. Jim…rest in peace. Actually, it just really hit me that he is really gone. Oh my god! Thank you Jim for all… Read more »

Marieke Groenewold
Marieke Groenewold

Very inspiring and warm person, very sincere and charismatic. He touched my heart deeply. What he told us about gifted kids, their problems and feelings and their struggle, was full of compassion and empathy. It went right to the heart of people and to the core of the case itself. Great admiration for James Webb and all he contributed. Difficult time for the family, my thoughts are with you.

I. Sawyer
I. Sawyer

A year ago I began reading dr. Webb’s writings and listening webinars. It has had a big impact on me. Although we never met, I feel connected through his writing and feel a sense of loss. In dr. Yalom’s and dr. Webb’s words: may we see, feel and know the rippling of his being for a long, long time.
Thankyou for all you have done for the gifted community.
My thoughts are with his family and friends.

JANIS GASCH
JANIS GASCH

Dr. Webb always brightened our day when he stopped in to our office!!! Such a sweet, caring man; who always had a smile on his face! He will be missed.
Janis Wolfe Gasch, Founder, Arizona Hearing Specialists

Shirley Schiever
Shirley Schiever

Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Jim had such a full, multi-faceted life you have many, many great memories, but you also are suffering the loss of part of yourself — that part that became one with Jim’s pursuits, his professional accomplishments and your joint athletic recreation. I am so sorry, but I will not be in Tucson on August 30. There will be so many people there — friends, family and colleagues — that I won’t be missed. You will be in my thoughts; Larry died on July 19 four years ago so I am… Read more »

Christian Fischer
Christian Fischer

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of James Webb passing away on 27th July 2018. We share fond memories of him, making a huge impact not only as a key note speaker during the 5th Münsterscher Bildungskongress in 2015, but also as a pioneer for the understanding of the social emotional needs of gifted children. Throughout our long lasting and very personal association we got to know him as a passionate researcher and psychologist, as well as a wonderful, creative and warm-hearted man. He will be missed. We send out our condolences to his relatives and close friends.… Read more »

Christian Fischer and Inga Liebert-Cop
Christian Fischer and Inga Liebert-Cop

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of James Webb passing away on 27th July 2018. We share fond memories of him, making a huge impact not only as a key note speaker during the 5th Münsterscher Bildungskongress in 2015, but also as a pioneer for the understanding of the social emotional needs of gifted children. Throughout our long lasting and very personal association we got to know him as a passionate researcher and psychologist, as well as a wonderful, creative and warm-hearted man. He will be missed. We send out our condolences to his relatives and close friends.… Read more »

Christian Fischer and Inga Liebert-Cop
Christian Fischer and Inga Liebert-Cop

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of James Webb passing away on 27th July 2018. We share fond memories of him, making a huge impact not only as a key note speaker during the 5th Münsterscher Bildungskongress in 2015, but also as a pioneer for the understanding of the social emotional needs of gifted children. Throughout our long lasting and very personal association we got to know him as a passionate researcher and psychologist, as well as a wonderful, creative and warm-hearted man. He will be missed. We send out our condolences to his relatives and close friends.… Read more »

Karen Frank
Karen Frank

I just returned from vacation yesterday to learn of this exceedingly sad news. I worked at GPP with Jim & Jan who were fun & easy-going “bosses”, much more like friends. Jim educated me about the book business as well as the gifted & talented. He was wonderful to work for! Although we’d not been in touch for a few years, I was aware of the wonderful work he was doing through Facebook. I have tears in my eyes as I write this, for Jim was a very special man, & I will miss him.

Jerald Grobman M.D.
Jerald Grobman M.D.

I was so sad to hear of Jim Webb’s passing. He was such an important person to all those who worked in the field of giftedness. One of Jim’s most remarkable qualities was his openness: new ideas and new people who could contribute to the knowledge base of giftedness were what Jim was all about. For Jim your professional affiliation or experiential background didn’t matter as long as you were dedicated to bringing a fresh perspective to the emotional needs of gifted individuals of all ages- the more ideas and the more people the better. I was certainly the beneficiary… Read more »

Judy Smith
Judy Smith

I don’t recall the first time I heard Jim as a speaker but being trained as a SMPG facilitator by Jim and Arlene was an experience that started a journey I am still on. Twenty-one years later, I still look to his books for guidance in living with my children and grandchildren. I try to share the message of the importance of social and emotional needs of gifted with other families on their own journeys with their children. I went to as many SENG conferences as I could manage over the years and hearing him speak or just visiting at… Read more »

Niels
Niels

Thank you for your books “Searching for meaning” and “misdiagnosis of gifted children and adults”. They changed my life in a positive way no other professional got to do in real life, face to face. It’s strange when somewone writes about your life, while never had any contact personally. My sincere condolences to your family. All the best from NL, EU.

Derek Fowler
Derek Fowler

Jim Webb was, one of my father’s Graduate students at the University of Alabama. He was a baby sitter to me and my brother and sister while attending UofA. Most importantly, he connected my wife and me to all of the right people when we were in a very dark place with our 2E son. Jim has truly changed the lives of our entire family through his kindness and goodness. Jim was always a hero to my brother and sister and I. He is now a hero to my son.

With deep love and affection

Karen, Derek, and Michael.

Erica
Erica

What an amazing man.

Anonymous
Anonymous

My remembrance is more personal. As a successful educator and a relatively new professional in gifted, Dr. Webb’s presentation at a conference last year on gifted adults touched me personally and profoundly. Listening to him and participating in his activities, I felt that — for the first time — someone actually understood me. (I teared up then, I’m tearing up now.) His contributions to our understanding of giftedness are inestimable. It will an honor and a privilege to be able to pass at least some of his deep understanding on to the gifted students and adults whom I currently serve;… Read more »

Suzana Zirbes-Domke on behalf of BDP/Germany
Suzana Zirbes-Domke on behalf of BDP/Germany

We were incredibly saddened to hear the news of Jim’s passing away. No words to describe this loss and the deep gap he leaves in the field of giftedness and in the hearts of all those who were fortunate to get to know him and his work. On behalf of the “Working Group Giftedness and High Potentials of the German Association of Psychologists” we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Janet and the family. We feel thankful and lucky for having had the chance to bring the Misdiagnosis Initiative – whose initiator and head he was – to… Read more »

Donna Hulsey
Donna Hulsey

Jim did so much to change the world, especially for gifted children and adults. I knew him as friend, inspiration, fellow alum from Rhodes College (then Southwestern at Memphis), and mentor. He once flew his plane from Arizona to Austin just to speak to parents at my school. The charge now is to continue the work of his mission. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Martina Rosenboom
Martina Rosenboom

We were shocked to hear the news of James Webb passing away. We share fond memories of this great man, making a huge impact not only to me as a counselor but also as president of our assisiation in Germany, since meeting him at the Bildungskongress in Münster in 2015. Since then we felt a personal association with this experienced researcher. We enjoyed promoting his books and ideas (and will carry on with this) and got to know him as a warm-hearted man. He will really be missed. We send out our condolences to his relatives and close friends. Martina… Read more »

Simone Keijsers
Simone Keijsers

Dear James T. Webb, thank you so much for being who you are and for what you have brought the world.

Cheryl Vorvick
Cheryl Vorvick

To Dr. Webb’s Family: My heart goes out to you, for your sudden loss. My journey in life didn’t cross paths with Dr. Webb, or his work, before a few months ago, when I found SENG. Having found SENG, I attended just one Conference, and what I learned there has changed my life! I can’t profess to knowing a lot about Dr. Webb, yet, but it’s clear that I am the recipient of his dedication to people like me. Most humble wishes that you find comfort in your time of loss, and hopes that you might find some comfort in… Read more »

Patricia Koraicho
Patricia Koraicho

I am so touched! I am Brazilian and I didn’t meet Dr. Webb but thanks to his articles and books, my husband and I could handle with all the difficulties of a gifted child. In our last vacations in Florida, I emailed Dr. Webb and I could not believe he replied me, talked to me by phone and he was really interested in my suffering. I hope we’ll find some one to help our son.
I’ll be always grateful to him!!!

Gail N. Herman
Gail N. Herman

What a loss! I will miss his caring spirit. Is there any parent or teacher of G/T students who hasn’t read at least one of Jim’s books? Jim was a friend to all through his books as well as when he was cornered at NAGC after a workshop or speech. When he talked, everyone listened deeply. And whenever anyone had a question, he would spend as much time as needed. He loved to swap stories, which is something I really loved about him.

Lisa Williams
Lisa Williams

Today, October 26, 2018, I had a heartbreaking day with my delightful, gifted son and his public school. Tonight I decided to clean out my email and found this. I have tears and deep grief in my heart from this loss. Interesting how someone I met and heard speak once in California could affect me so.
Then, I realized – it’s love. He loved people and he helped so many people, including me. SENG changed my life. I remember your essence and it’s in my soul. THANK YOU. Peace and gratitude to the family.

Grace Neufeld
Grace Neufeld

I cant believe this loss! Some people are so great you just can’t imagine the world without them, Jim was such a person. This is a heavy blow indeed! Jim was always generous with his time and helped our gifted community so much! He will be greatly missed.

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