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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Sue Jackson
Sue Jackson

It is with the deepest sadness that we at the Daimon Institute pass on our deepest condolences to Jan and the family. Jims’s Influence in Gifted endeavours worldwide are felt in matters large and small. He will be sorely missed. P. Susan Jackson.

Joy L Davis
Joy L Davis

I am in a daze.. Jim Webb was a true giant of a man. It was Jim who called on me to write and publish my first book through GPP. It was Jim who was courageous and compassionate enough to believe that Black parents and families needed to become better advocates for their gifted children. This is one man who will truly be missed by millions…To Jan, my heart and prayers are with you during this time.
with my love and deepest respect,
Joy Lawson Davis

Marianne Kuzujanakis
Marianne Kuzujanakis

We are all extremely devastated by this sad news. Jim was a brilliant and most generous advocate for the gifted. He was a true trailblazer in areas as diverse as misdiagnosis and dual diagnosis, the social and emotional support of the gifted, and gifted existential depression. There is none other like him. He was an original. I feel so very privileged to have known Jim, worked with him, and counted him among my friends. My sincerest condolences to Jan and family. May your memories offer you comfort in this difficult time. With deepest love, Marianne

Mona Chicks
Mona Chicks

Our deepest condolences on your loss. Jim was such an advocate for the misunderstood and an educator of the misinformed. He will be missed.

Jane Hesslein
Jane Hesslein

It is nearly impossible to imagine a world without Jim. His wisdom, humor, and keen appreciation of gifted kids and their families changed so many lives. He encouraged us to reach beyond what we thought we could do and supported us in those efforts. I will miss my friend. My condolences go to Jan and the family. May his memory be a blessing. With deepest love, Jane

Leslie S Graves
Leslie S Graves

My heart is breaking.. at this sad news… Jim was a #Greatheart and a true advocate for our misunderstood in gifted.. I shall miss him. We shared a love of Mexico, and I love that he was on vacation there. Ill never forget his and Janets time with us and my family here in Ireland.. safe home…

Erin Morris Miller
Erin Morris Miller

A great loss to the field. Dr. Webb was a reliable and compassionate guide for those working to support and encourage gifted children.

Corin Goodwin
Corin Goodwin

This is truly the end of an era. Anyone who recognizes the important role of the social and emotional in giftedness owes this man a great debt. In the very early years of GHF: Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Jim was a tremendous supporter of our work. He was one of the first to take the idea of homeschooling gifted kids seriously (there were plenty who brushed us off, and some who still do). His work gave us a framework with which to advocate for the best interests of our children, in any educational or other environment. May his memory be for… Read more »

Nth Bar-Fields
Nth Bar-Fields

My heartfelt condolences.

Lisa Reid
Lisa Reid

I am so sad to hear this news. Dr. Webb made such a difference in the lives of children and their families. He was so kind, thoughtful and generous with his time and I am incredibly grateful for his support and encouragement. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to know and work with him and thank both him and Jan for all that they did over the last several years to advocate for Reid Day School. Jan, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Stacia Taylor
Stacia Taylor

Such a tremendously kind and thoughtful person. Truly an enormous loss.

Sharon Duncan
Sharon Duncan

Oh my goodness. My heart is just breaking. Such a loss to the world. I sat on a pool deck and played cards with Jim two weeks ago, just hours before this picture was taken. Jim was a social justice warrior on so many fronts (not just gifted, though there he was an icon). His encouragement meant so much to me personally. A life well lived for the benefit of so many – standing ovation Jim. I send his family my love.

Lisa Rivero
Lisa Rivero

The legacy that Jim leaves is almost beyond words to describe. He touched people in so many ways with his insight and generosity and understanding—through his publishing company, his own writing, parent trainings, public talks, personal interactions, SENG… To say that those ripples will continue for generations is no hyperbole. For me personally, he and Jan were the best editors and publisher a first-time (or any) author could hope for. With a heavy heart I extend my deepest sympathies to Jan and the rest of Jim’s family, his GPP family, and to all who feel this tremendous loss. ~ Lisa

Véronique Minnebo
Véronique Minnebo

Very sad news. I had the honour of meeting Jim Webb last year, at the Novilo Conference in the Netherlands. He was a truly charming, warm and wise man. His books had a huge influence on my perception of giftedness and coaching of gifted individuals. He will be missed. My sincere condoleances to his loved ones.

Rebecca Howell
Rebecca Howell

This is very sad news indeed. A man whose legacy will be felt by many gifted people across the years. Potential Plus UK sends our condolences to his loved ones.

Lori Witkowski
Lori Witkowski

My heart is broken. Such and intelligent, compassionate person.

Richard Cash
Richard Cash

I am so shocked and saddened by this news. Jim was a great friend and outstanding colleague. I will miss his hugs and words of encouragement. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his entire family.

Wenda Sheard
Wenda Sheard

Instant tears here, and many, many other places all over the world. To Janet, all your daughters, and all your grandchildren—I’m holding you in my 💓 and wishing you the best through grief and transition.

James Bishop
James Bishop

I am tremendously saddened by Dr. Webb’s passing. Gifted children and adults have lost a tremendous advocate. Visiting with him was one of the highlights of NAGC’s annual conference. His absence in the field will be long felt. Dr. Webb’s misdiagnosis work inspired my doctoral dissertation and he personally provided advice and guidance on my study, for which I will be forever grateful.

Heather Boorman
Heather Boorman

Wishing those closest to Jim peace, comfort, and perseverance for the grief journey that lays ahead of you. I’ve only had the honor of briefly speaking to Jim at the past 2 SENG conferences, but his work has greatly influenced my life, professionally and personally. May the knowledge that thousands upon thousands of gifted kids and adults are living better lives directly because of Jim bring you a small piece of peace, that his was a life well lived.

Susan Prior
Susan Prior

I felt I knew him for a long time due to his amazing body of work and advocacy but really had just met Jim Webb at my first SENG conference and SMPG training in San Diego last week. His soft-spoken and gentle manner enveloped us and gave us confidence, without me knowing it would be the first and last time we would meet. So important to continue his legacy of love and support. Deep condolences to his family and friends.

Shaun Hately
Shaun Hately

His work made my childhood easier than it could have been. Thank you.

Ellen
Ellen

Shaun, what you describe is the reason Jim did what he did. He would have been thrilled to read this post. Thank you for sharing.

Annelie Neuteboom
Annelie Neuteboom

I was so sad, earlier today, when I heard that he had passed away. I know he’ll be missed. My condolences to all who loved him. He has meant so much for the gifted community; his books and the wisdom within will be passed on to parents, children, adults who need to hear what he had to say.

Joe Renzulli & Sally Reis
Joe Renzulli & Sally Reis

Jim was a great leader, a kind and caring person, and a creative contributor to gifted education and psychology in general. As a pioneer in the area of social and emotional development he introduced a whole new dimension to our field. We will miss him and mourn this loss.

Linda Sparling
Linda Sparling

I’m in shock, as I’m sure many are. I just saw him at the annual SENG conference and he looked great. Great is one of many superlatives to describe this giant in the world of gifted individuals. His important work has influenced and taught so many of us. My heart and thoughts go out to his family, friends and the gifted community.

Shannon Lora
Shannon Lora

A very sad day for the gifted community. His contributions to the care of gifted children and his great enthusiasm to meet their needs are unrivaled in modern times. Only Anne Marie Roeper andTerman even come to mind in the same category. I had the privilege of meeting him and discussing my young son’s needs years ago and couldn’t have been more impressed or felt so supported. Our thoughts are with his family.

Ken Dickson
Ken Dickson

I am devastated!
Dr. Webb, for me will remain one of the most important influences in my professional life.
His genteel nature and easy style accentuated his beautiful spirit. It was legendary, as he was a legend in his own time.
Just a few days ago, he showered me with wonderful compliments regarding my being named recipient of SENGs 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. I was deeply honored with his words.
I pray that the Webb family, as well as his professional family experiences an abundance of God’s peace and strength.

Terry Bradley
Terry Bradley

Jim taught me so many things over the years. Through his books and the many presentations I attended, he helped me raise my children. It’s as simple as that. I owe him a debt of gratitude. He was always available to listen, to talk, to support. I will miss not having that connection. I looked up to him in so many ways. My condolences to the family. He was dearly loved.

Wendy Clark
Wendy Clark

Giftedland has lost one of its giants. Those of us at WAETAG in Washington send our condolences to the family and friends dealing with this tremendous loss. Rest In Peace, Jim, and know that your legacy will certainly live on.

Sally Lyon
Sally Lyon

Dear Jan and other family members,
It is with a heavy heart and extreme shock to learn of Jim’s sudden and very unexpected passing. I am thinking of all the times I have spent time seeing you both through the years. Most recently the time in San Diego will be held most precious and the last hug along with the last smiles and laughs. Sending you many condolences.
Sally Lyon

Evelyn King Metcalf
Evelyn King Metcalf

“On The Shoulders of Giants,” we called our little gathering around a lunch table just two short weeks ago. Jim shared with us his hard earned wisdom of keeping a non-profit board afloat..not just afloat…thriving…growing…evolving. SENG is just one of his legacies. The SENG Board continues to offer patient and loving stewardship, arms open, providing rare and instant kinship in this (at times) aching world. It’s our honor to carry on…

Therese Clifford
Therese Clifford

So glad I got to see Jim at SENG last week. Just the other evening my husband and I were talking about the many hilarious quips and witticisms that were a part of him. He was a great help to my family over 20 years ago and he remained a friend ever since. We talked over so many ideas together for SENG, and he was very supportive during my time on the board. I cannot believe this at the moment. I and so terribly sorry for you loss, Jan. I just have no words…

Dolores Valadez
Dolores Valadez

I am sorry
Descanse en paz

Steven Pfeiffer
Steven Pfeiffer

It is indeed a very sad day with Jim’s passing. Jim has had a very substantial impact on the gifted field and on so many who work with and are concerned about the special needs of high ability persons. I’ve valued and cherished my relationship with a Jim, dating back over 15 years to my time on the SENG Board during its early years. Jim was a smart and passionate, thoughtful and considerate person. He also was gentle and kind- in my culture, we consider Jim a true mensch. I learned a great deal from Jim, and considered him a… Read more »

Judith Lombard
Judith Lombard

Jim you’ll always be my mentor. We are grateful for all you gave us then, now, and in the future .
Safe passage,
Judith

Claire Hughes
Claire Hughes

Jim was a truly good man who not only spread light and love but also made others feel that they could do the same. His legacy lives on in the way we try-and will continue to try- to make the world a better and more caring place. I got a special “Jim hug” at every NAGC and I will miss him dearly. My thoughts to Janet and his family.

Jeanne Bernish
Jeanne Bernish

Such a deep loss – he was truly a guiding light. Deepest sympathies to his family.

Barry Gelston
Barry Gelston

Like others in the Gifted community, I am in deep shock. Losing Jim is like us losing our John Lennon. He was such a good, kind man, whose influence will last for generations. Thank you for all of you have done for so many.

Gayle Brady
Gayle Brady

Truly saddened by this. Such an incredible gift to our community. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

Michael McLinn
Michael McLinn

I’m in total shock to hear of incredibly sad news regarding Jim’s passing. When I get myself together I’ll have more to say.

Kathleen Casper
Kathleen Casper

I am in shock. We just spoke about his hopes for his legacy of SENG and GPP at our SENG board alumni meeting prior to the San Diego conference. He told us then that he was getting older and wanted to make sure he left everything in good hands so it would all continue on perpetually and continue to help people. We joked about him having to live a very long time before he ever died. I can’t imagine him really gone. Jim was a huge force in the world for gifted people and a huge reason for everything I… Read more »

Claudia Benmesahel
Claudia Benmesahel

His legacy is huge, he will never be forgotten!

Marcia Gentry
Marcia Gentry

Jim was an outstanding colleague and a fantastic human. I will miss him and his contributions and insights. He was such a joy. My deepest condolences to his entire family. Marcia Gentry

Maria Paz Gomez
Maria Paz Gomez

I am very sorry about these sad news. My condolences to the family. James Webb’s legacy will be preserved around the world. Here in Chile we will continue to embrace his ideas and work toward making gifted education better for students and parents.

Kathy Eads
Kathy Eads

My heart broke when I read of Jim’s passing. Prayers for comfort and peace for all who grieve. I feel like I was a better mother of a gifted son because of Jim’s books.

Carol Tomlinson
Carol Tomlinson

Jim had a generous heart and a welcoming smile. He was a good soul who made the people around him better. I’m grateful to have been one of those people.

Bob Schultz
Bob Schultz

So sorry for your loss. Jim touched the lives of many. But especially one doctoral student cutting his teeth in the field in the late 1990’s. He will be missed; and remembered fondly for the caring person he is.

Kathleen Crombie
Kathleen Crombie

I feel so honored to have had many interactions with Jim! He helped me personally which then redirected my professional life to work in gifted. My tears of loss are mixing with tears of joy remembering the twinkle in his eye and passion he had to help people! I send hugs to his wife, Janet, and the entire family. His legacy will live forever as we continue the work.

Ann (Aaronson ) Dotzauer
Ann (Aaronson ) Dotzauer

Words cannot express how I feel. Jim was a great family friend of ours when he lived in Ohio. He was a great support to our family. My deceased husband (Dr. Arthur Aaronson) and I had only the dearest respect for Jim. The world has lost a wonderful human being.

Karen Bendelman
Karen Bendelman

He was an outstanding professional. Will be missed. My condolences to the family.

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