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 (born in 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee) 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 »

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