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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Kira
Kira

If it weren’t for Jim Webb and his book “Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis….” I might STILL be scrambling around trying to figure out what my son’s “problem” is. My whole family is grateful and forever in debt, especially my PG son, who may have otherwise never even had an IQ test and probably would have spent his entire education rotting in a classroom being treated like he had ADHD while I tried to figure it out. Thank goodness for Jim Webb.

Tracy Riley
Tracy Riley

Jim Webb was such a gentleman, so caring and passionate about our gifted and talented children and young people. I had the honour of being with him at SENG in San Diego, and, as always, Jim greeted me with the warmth and love of an old friend – though our paths seldom passed in life. Jim’s work will always have a lasting mark on many lives, especially through SENG. Rest in peace, dear man, gentle soul.

Nikki Myers
Nikki Myers

I have benefited from so many of his books, his work with Seng, and heard him speak. I met him at a conference- such a kind and thoughtful person in addition to gifted advocate and professional. This is such a loss, and I am so grateful for the legacy and body of work that he has left us. Wishing his family strength and peace through the much deeper loss it is for them.

Barbara Kerr
Barbara Kerr

I am so sad.. Jim gave me a chance as a young, unpublished author. He believed in smart girls. He made life better for gifted kids all over the world.

Aimee Yermish, PsyD
Aimee Yermish, PsyD

I am so saddened to hear of Jim’s death, and so grateful for the many gifts of time, thoughtfulness, and caring that he gave to the gifted community as a whole and to myself as an individual. He truly saw people as real human beings, and was so kind and warm as he helped draw out the best that each person might have to offer the world. I will miss him so much, and I hope to continue to work with others to carry on his legacy. May his memory be for an abiding blessing.

Kim Lanese
Kim Lanese

I am so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. I consider him a friend and a mentor, and will miss him terribly. Jan, Mary, and the rest of his family and friends- I am so sorry for your loss, and thank you for sharing him with the rest of us. We’ve lost him too soon.

Suzy Hagar, Dallas, Tx
Suzy Hagar, Dallas, Tx

My heart sunk when I learned of the passing of Dr. James T. Webb. Please accept my deepest sympathies to Jim’s family and scores of friends. It is clear from comments the legacy Dr. Jim Webb is leaving and will continue to make a difference. I am thankful I had the opportunity to work with Jim on several occasions. My prayers are with his loved ones.🌹⭐️

Lisa an Gemert
Lisa an Gemert

We were blessed to have something so great to lose. Dr. Webb believed in me when I did not believe in myself. What an amazing person and what a generous gift he gave – literally his entire life to the cause in which he believed so strongly. Advocate, friend, publisher, author, psychologist…the words just never end to describe all he was to so many. Many tears are falling, and many smiles are shining thinking of all he has given, all he is leaving us with. My deepest sympathies are with his family and beloved team at Great Potential Press.

Bronwyn MacFarlane
Bronwyn MacFarlane

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Gail Post
Gail Post

This is such a tremendous loss. He was such a maverick in the field of giftedness, an amazing psychologist and author, and a kind and compassionate person. My deepest sympathies go out to the family.

Deb Delisle
Deb Delisle

I remember the first time my husband introduced me to Jim Webb. I was struck by his humility despite his amazing presence in the field of gifted. What I carried away from that intro was the depth of regard and commitment Jim Webb had for gifted children- helping them to find their own spaces on this earth and, more importantly, to find their hearts’ passions and seek comfort in following those pathways. Rest in peace, Jim, and may the many lives you touched carry you to the highest of clouds and peace.

Darleen Saunders
Darleen Saunders

Never a man has left such an impression on me than Dr. Web; his gracious manner, his incredible intelect and compassion, and especially the generosity with his time. He will be so missed. I want to thank his family for sharing him with us and offer my deepest condolences to each of them.

“A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.”
Paul Valery

Lori
Lori

Thanks to Jim, I was able to help my daughter be successful in her world. She is a unique, gifted successful women now, and this is all because the information we needed was available. This helped me know her needs and guide her better. I am so grateful!

Susan Hartford
Susan Hartford

I’m so grateful for his work. My most heartfelt condolences go out to his family and all who knew him.

Bronwyn MacFarlane
Bronwyn MacFarlane

Jim’s welcoming and friendly face will be greatly missed. He had a wonderful energy and was so warm to visit with together. His work in gifted education, social-emotional education, SENG, educational publishing, and much more has made a profound ripple impact in helping others. I’m so sorry to learn this sad news and send my deepest sympathies to his family.

Kathy Anderson Courchene
Kathy Anderson Courchene

I’m stunned. Breathless. We were just speaking together in San Diego, where I was able to tell him how grateful to him I am for starting SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted and the parent groups. In about 1986, I joined a parent group run by one of his students in Middletown, Ohio. It changed my life, and started me on the path that would eventually lead to the emotional and spiritual work I do with gifted adults today. When I told him the story, he said it made his day. Godspeed, Jim. Keep in touch. To his… Read more »

Merlene Gilb
Merlene Gilb

😢😢😢… We have lost a true champion of gifted children. Rest in all the love and light you gave the world through your meaningful work, Dr. James Webb.

Marta Patiño
Marta Patiño

James T. Webb changed so many lives, for good. Mine & my daughter’s included. Rest in peace, you were an example and mentor for gifted people around the globe. Eternally grateful.

My condolences to his family and closest friends/colleagues.
Marta Patiño

R. A.
R. A.

What a brilliant mind and gentle soul. Dr. Webb had such a profound insight about humans and I am grateful that he shared his knowledge with the world. I feel fortunate to have learned and benefitted from his contributions to the gifted community. Warm thoughts and prayers for his family.

Merlene Gilb
Merlene Gilb

😢😢😢… We have lost a true champion for gifted children. I’ve read all of his work. Moved to this day by his writings on existential depression and the misdiagnosis of gifted children. I was so blessed to have met him when I was newly responsible for gifted education in my school district. He was such an encouragement to me in this work. I am lost for words.

Rest in all the love and light you gave the world through your meaningful work, Dr. James Webb.

Carolyn Coil
Carolyn Coil

I am so very sad to hear of Jim’s death. He was kind, gracious and brilliant in the field of gifted education. I will miss his warmth, his sweet smile and his intellect.

Len Avecilla
Len Avecilla

It was almost a decade ago that we first brought Dr. Webb to Keller ISD, and that he and I worked on a Wikipedia article- about SENG: its origins, its mission. We never published it. I just sent it to the SENG Board. It contained “so much of Jim Webb” – I re-read that draft, and so easily I felt like I always did when I was standing beside him, or laughing together, or just bustling ’round some conference or exhibit area together? He had that way of being so humbly knowledgeable, so effortlessly giving. He changed my life (a… Read more »

Janene
Janene

GPP and their great authors (like you Tamara) made a difference in our house when we faced the first of three rounds of testing doe our sons. Autism plus plus plus was the greatest mystery and all of the books, articles, conferences, and willing-to-help professionals make finding our “norm” quite possible…not easy or predictable but possible. RIP Dr. Webb from very grateful parents. 🙏

Valerie Marsh
Valerie Marsh

Nearly 10’years ago as I was coming out of a divorce and struggling (yet again) to find the best education for my 2E/PG daughter, I heard Dr. Webb speak at an AAGT Conference. He just lit up the stage. I laughed until I cried. HE understood everything I was going going through with this amazing child and made me laugh about it! I felt there was no one else in the audience and he was speaking directly to me. His books have made me a better parent. When I was recently asked to present on a speaker’s panel with him,… Read more »

John Gould
John Gould

Jim was a great human being. His professional accomplishments are well noted, but he was one of highest quality people you’ll ever meet. I clearly remember my first time meeting him and he always made a point to say hello at every event where our paths crossed. My thoughts and sympathies are with his family. A phenomenal educator – a better person.

Jamie Lee
Jamie Lee

I am heartbroken. I met him last year at a conference for gifted children. He could sense that I was in so much pain because I was at a loss for how to raise my highly gifted child. Embarrassingly, I broke into tears, and he gave me a big, sincere hug, and tons of great advice, in his warm, kind, gentle and reassuring voice. It is a lonely path the gifted kids, and their parents walk, in life, but his work has certainly made the walk, less lonely. He has done much good, on this planet.

Nicole Shannon
Nicole Shannon

Jim was an amazing man, so kind and supportive. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet him. His advocacy for gifted and social emotional needs won’t be forgotten. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Diane Nye
Diane Nye

I never had the privilege of meeting Dr. Webb but I have read many of his works and looked up to him as one of the gurus of gifted education. I was trained as a SENG facilitator and so in awe of the power of the parent group to support each other. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Suki Wessling
Suki Wessling

Jim was a wonderful, warm human being who never seemed to stop thinking about other people and how he could make their lives better. It was an honor to know him and work with him. He always used to say when he saw me, “I can’t remember: are you a hugger?” For you, Jim, many, many hugs and many thanks. We will all miss you.

Roya Klingner
Roya Klingner

It is so sad to hear that Jim is gone and I can hardly stop my tears. My codolences to his family and friends. Gifted Education community lost a great passionate leaders. We miss you Jim but we will follow your way.

Tamara Fisher
Tamara Fisher

Back in 2005, I serendipitously crossed paths with this wonderful, gracious man and he altered my professional trajectory. Writing for Great Potential Press was an honor, and it opened multiple other doors for me. But even more profound in my life (and many, many, many thousands of others) was Jim’s calm, genuine, caring, delightful nature. He was a pioneer, and by raising awareness about the social and emotional needs of the gifted, he impacted countless youth, parents, teachers, counselors, and others through his steady efforts to help as many as possible understand the gifted. I am grateful to have known… Read more »

E. schroder
E. schroder

I’m so sorry to hear this. I can’t even begin to tell you how Dr Webb’s book,” Guiding the GeffedChild” helped our family. It had a great impact on me, and our child, and helped us to better understand our situation and what we were experiencing. I’m sure his impact will be felt for a longtime and he will be missed by both those who knew and loved him, and those who only knew him through his words.

Adriane Ransom
Adriane Ransom

My deepest sympathies to Jim’s family. It was such an honor to see him at this year’s SENG conference. He changed the course of our family’s life though his mission and we are eternally grateful.

Gresham's
Gresham's

Jim Webb and his efforts with SENG have truly helped our family and will be the lasting legacy of the support and help for children and parents looking for answer on such complex and confusing issues. Thank you and our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this time.

Socorro, Mexico City
Socorro, Mexico City

All our respect to Dr. James family. We are so grateful for being a light in our family and many families as well. Rest in peace, we will miss him.

Joanna A Baleson
Joanna A Baleson

Jim Webb was such a part of TAGT conferences. I always looked forward to his programs because he taught the rest of the room to understand giftedness. Jim was always so kind and respectful. He was a true gentleman. I appreciate so his contribution to gifted Ed. I will miss him. I learned so much about my children through his teachings. They are the adults they are today because he gave me the skills to deal with two gifted children at home who were as different as night and day. My condolences to his family. You are in my prayers… Read more »

Michele Hall
Michele Hall

Dr. Webb will be greatly missed. He was able to leave this world having made such an incredible impact, not only for me personally, but for the entire gifted community. I am so thankful for the multiple times I was able to hear him speak, as well as the time he took to speak with me personally at a point of great trial for my family. I give Dr. Webb’s family and friends my condolences and hope they find peace and comfort with his passing knowing how many people’s lives he directly effected.

ROXANNE
ROXANNE

With our deepest sympathies, I started reading his books when my son was only 18 months old and they allowed comfort and support and hope not to mention a lot of good ideas and information. Then we got to meet him when my son was in kindergarten and he took the time to generously give me personal advice. This is a very sad day for gifted education, but I know that his work will live on in the many people that he has taught.

Fiona J Smith
Fiona J Smith

As a psychologist in this field I looked to Jim Webb for guidance, and his infinite patience, wisdom and marvellous sense of humour were always a delight. He was a truly gifted speaker and I am devastated that i missed the SENG conference this year, and thus, his last words about his areas of passion. I have referred to Jim’s work in talks to Psychologists here in Australia while trying to enlighten them about misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses in gifted individuals. Words fail me – not just a great loss to the gifted but a tremendous loss to psychology. Jim’s… Read more »

Berenice
Berenice

Much needed cause,so often without help and encouragement they are labeled misfits,and bullied into submission, without a nurturing environment and understanding people, they are unable to reach their potential.

Rianne van de Ven
Rianne van de Ven

Deeply touched by this news. Also in the Netherlands Jim was a well beloved man and an important advocate for the social emotional needs of the gifted of all ages. He touched so many lives. His legacy is enormous. He searched and found his meaning.
My deepest sympathies are with all who are left behind, especially with Janet and his family.
I am very grateful for our last big hug and will allways remember the last words he spoke to me when we said goodbye in San Diego. Bye, my dearest Jim!!!

Didem
Didem

condolences to his family. His studies helped me. I would say I learn everything about gifted children by his books. Thanks and RIP.

Ijeoma Nwagwu
Ijeoma Nwagwu

May Jim’s soul rest in perfect peace. His work lives on, continuing to touch many live in many parts of the world…his work sure anchors me – raising gifted kids in Africa. I pray for Jan and family for the fortitude to bear this loss. May you find comfort in good memories

Jennifer
Jennifer

Ten first time I heard Dr. James Webb present on traits of gifted children I suddenly felt less alone as a parent. My son had just been tested and qualified for gifted services but he was so different from the typical ‘smart kid’. Dr. Webbs’s presentation of the quirks, the intensities and sensitivities, of gifted individuals moved me to tears. For the first time as a parent I felt validated, understood, encouraged . . . connected. I teared up realizing that my son’s quirks were ___normal___ for a certain range of the population;, and I am teary-eyed now—as I type… Read more »

Sofie Van Loo
Sofie Van Loo

We will keep spreading his knowledge so he becomes a millionaire: one who changed the life of millions. He did change mine. All the best*

Shiori Sumiya
Shiori Sumiya

Dr. Webb had just told me, “Let’s keep in touch and do our best to enlighten giftedness in Japan. It will take long time, but we can do it. This translation publication will be a springboard for it.” at the SENG 2018 conference. I will achieve this vision with his support in my mind. My prayers are with his family.

Vanessa Heller
Vanessa Heller

I am in shock. What a nice man, whose work helped me as a parent of a gifted child, as a recovering gifted child myself, and a teacher to gifted students. Dr. Webb was a ‘standard’ at CAG and last year we shared a drink, shop talk, and lots of laughs.
My sincere condolences to the family.
Vanessa Heller

Albert Kaput
Albert Kaput

Dear Jim, jou were the father who inspired me to step in the field of giftedness and the brother who always stood beside me in my work with gifted dropouts. Thank you for being the whise and warm person you where.
I wish family and friends strength with this loss.

Tania Gevaert
Tania Gevaert

It is with great warmth I look back on a brief talk with James after a workshop. His work has inspired me for years to make a difference, his words last year made me go on. Thank you, Jim! My thoughts today are with your family.

Sonja Morbe
Sonja Morbe

O, veel te vroeg gegaan. James Webb is vrijdag 27 juli 2018 overleden. Hij is 78 jaar geworden. Ik heb hem twee jaar geleden mogen ontmoeten op Novilo congres. Ik wilde niks liever dan nogmaals hem een keer te mogen ontmoeten. Zo’n fijne slimme sensitieve man met veel kennis en humor. Gelachen en gehuild in zijn workshop. En zoals de tekst schrijft: een hele fijne omhelzing. Hij is echt in het moment, authentiek. Echte omhelzing. Hij heeft zo’n waardevolle boeken geschreven, voor de wereld. Dankjewel James Webb voor alles wat je hebt gedaan. Je zit in mijn hart! Always in… Read more »

J de Jong
J de Jong

I’m so sorry for your loss. Two years ago James changed my life. Grateful I had the chance to meet him and recieven one of his hugs. May he rest in peace.