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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Angelique van Zon
Angelique van Zon

My condolences to Mr. Webbs family, Friends and collegaes. He was a great men and a very pIeasant speaker. I met him at a conference and he immediately became my idol. It is really a great loss for all people. He had so much to tell everybody. Kind regards, Angelique van Zon, The Netherlands

Louise van Swaaij
Louise van Swaaij

So sad to hear that James Webb has passed away. How lucky I am to have met him, last year in the Netherlands. During his masterclass he asked: “Who has been the person that had a tremendous influence on you, who taught you something that will be for ever valuable? A mentor, a friend perhaps. Think about that for a moment”. And then: “Did you say thank you that person?” I did and I will do it again: Thank you sir, for your inspirational lessons and writings. I will remember those and also your kind, warm voice and words. What… Read more »

Petra van den Heuvel
Petra van den Heuvel

My condoleances. I look forward to meet the psychologist in his books. Unfortunately, too late to meet him in person.

Valerie Fowler
Valerie Fowler

The Fowler Family is devastated. Such sad news. A huge loss. Jim was not only an exemplary psychologist, but an old family friend, and our personal hero. Thank you Jim, for your love, support, understanding, compassion and the numerous good deeds that you did in this world. We will miss you.

Petra van de Kraats-Hop
Petra van de Kraats-Hop

My condolences to the family and friends of this great man. His SENG lives on!
Kind regards, Petra van de Kraats- Hop
The Netherlands

Hilde Buys
Hilde Buys

Very sad news to wake up to. Our deepest condolences on your loss.

Pauline Coret
Pauline Coret

My condolences to his family. I met him at the conference of IHBV in Amsterdam and I was so glad that I could have a word with him, because he is one of my bigest idols! His passing away is a great loss for the world, we have lost a great and very kind man.

Sylvia Hoppenbrouwers
Sylvia Hoppenbrouwers

O, no. How sad. Through his books and inspirational stories he will always be in my heart.

He greatly inspired me and helped me tremendously in certain moments I was not in equilibrium and not happy with my gifted self. Let us try to do our best by keeping his legacy alive, he has had and I am sure always will have such a positive impact in the gifted world.

My condoleances to his family.
Lots of love,
Sylvia

Katja Eager
Katja Eager

I’m so incredibly sad to hear that James has passed away. My sincere condolences to the family. I’ve had the pleasure to hear James speak at a conference in Christchurch 2 years ago, he was simply incredible. His books have been a life line for our family over so many years and were such a help in navigating the jungle of bringing up gifted children. I’m grateful that I had the chance to thank him personally for all his work and yes, he did give the best hugs.

Noks Nauta
Noks Nauta

A deep shock I felt when I heard of the unexpected death of Jim. My warm love and condolences for Janet and the family. Jim was an incomparable person who did a lot for many people all over the world. His knowledge on giftedness and the way he wrote and spoke about it is unique. I met him at several SENG conferences and twice in The Netherlands, where he also made a deep impression with his expertise and his personal style. He was always open for personal reactions from the audience afterwards and he enjoyed that. I am sure he… Read more »

Mary St George
Mary St George

I will remember Jim for the wisdom, compassion and sincerity he brought to the gifted education community. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

Laetitia Jongkind
Laetitia Jongkind

My condolences to all who miss him. I am greatfull for the opportunity that I had to have an enlightning conversation with him last year.
I will keep spreading his books and also I will read them over and over.

Joanna Pike Vandenbos
Joanna Pike Vandenbos

I am so, so sorry to hear about the passing of such a wonderful man. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

Dr. Webb will be greatly missed. Fortunately, he leaves an extremely valuable legacy. He has meant so much (and will continue to mean so much) to the ‘gifted community’.

Shana
Shana

I had the pleasure to finally meet Dr. Webb this past year and had a few minutes of his time. It was a fantastic experience to meet such an impressive man who has done amazing work for our community. My condolences to all impacted by his passing.

Tom Greenspon
Tom Greenspon

Jim’s openness and curiosity were always evident in our conversations. For those of us “of a certain age,” this is a stunning reminder to treasure our time together.

Jonna Bird
Jonna Bird

My condolences to the Webb family. I met Dr Webb on several occasions, he is an inspiration to the gifted community. My prayers are with you during this time of great loss.

Rima Binder
Rima Binder

With deep sadness of the loss of one of the greats in gifted education. Jim Webb was a man of gentle wisdom but also a man whose voice made a difference in the lives of many. His kindness each time we met will always be remembered and cherished. My condolence to his wife and family. I, along with others , in the field of gifted mourn his unexpected death.

Caryn Morrow
Caryn Morrow

My condolences to the Webb Family.

Tijl Koenderink
Tijl Koenderink

I’m still having difficulty processing the news of Jim’s departure. He has had a profound influence on me in my development with his books being one of first I ever read on the topic. Over the years I was so grateful to see him move from inspirator from afar to being my publisher to him and Janet becoming dear friends. Earlier this year we were lucky enough to spend quite a bit of personal time with Jim and Janet at their home in Tucson creating memories I will never forget. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his… Read more »

Deborah Ruf
Deborah Ruf

I am so shocked and saddened that we have all lost the earthly presence of Jim Webb. Seeing this news has made me aware that, for me, Jim represented “being home.” A conference had more substance because he and Jan were there. I loved to visit the GPP booth, chat with them both. Jim and Jan generously walked me through the writing of my first book about Levels of Gifted. It’s clear from reading through the condolences and thoughts of so many others that Jim had an uncanny ability to make each of us feel close, comfortable, valuable, important –… Read more »

Joy Navan
Joy Navan

Dear Jan and Family, My heart breaks at the news of Jim’s passing! I was so fortunate to receive one of his special hugs last week and the SENG Conference. He lighted a torch in me and so many others in the gifted community and gifted individuals throughout the world are, and will be, better as a result of his influence. Please know that my prayers and sincere condolences are offered for your loss! May your fond memories of Jim comfort you in the days to come! Love, Joy

Razel Solow
Razel Solow

Dear Jan and Family,

Like so many others, I was shocked yesterday to receive news of Jim’s death. He was always so encouraging as Celeste and I wrote our book. More importantly, he added so much to our field’s understanding about the social and emotional needs of gifted children. I will write to you personally, but in the meantime, know that our hearts are with you as you grieve. Love to you and the entire family. Razel Solow

Sunny McLennan
Sunny McLennan

My condolences to the family. He will be missed by many because he gave so much to so many.

Jenny Kowal
Jenny Kowal

Dr Webb’s work changed so many lives for the better. I have used his articles in several meetings with teachers and his “Searching for Meaning” book was extremely important in helping my gifted son through a difficult time. He has undoubtedly helped so many understand their complexities and avoid extra pain. What a legacy.

Kate Maupin
Kate Maupin

Jim will be missed in so many ways. His legacy within the field of gifted education will live on in the hearts and minds that he touched, but also, his sincere messages of acceptance, compassion, and understanding will ripple out for years to come. Jim Webb treated everyone he met as a friend, with kindness and support for even the most downtrodden of us. He lived his life in a way that triumphed the values so inherent to his love of family, scholarship, and the pursuit of making the world a better place. I cherish that I had the opportunity… Read more »

Dan Peters
Dan Peters

Jim was a mentor and friend. I am shocked and sad. I feel grateful to have spent time with him at SENG, not knowing it was to be the last. The gifted community has lost a wonderful person and champion. I will miss you greatly Jim. We will continue to do the work you taught us to do.

Yun Xing
Yun Xing

As a parent of a gifted kid, I am forever grateful for SENG and Dr Webb’s books on gifted children education. Thank you so much and rest in peace, Dr Webb.

Jim Delisle
Jim Delisle

Jim was an original in so many ways. In his quiet, respectful, southern way, he reached countless numbers of people in his quest to better the lives of gifted children and those who care about them. I will miss my friend but find joy and comfort in knowing that his legacy will be eternal.

Albert Kaput
Albert Kaput

The board of the foundation WEBB (ie translated from Dutch: “Working at the emotional needs of the gifted”) condolences the family and friends of James T. Webb with their loss.
James was a source of inspiration for the foundation and a number of board members knew him personally.
We express the wish that James’ ideas will live on and that the memory of him will continue to inspire us in our work with the gifted. Thank you James for the ripple in the water that you have set in motion.
Albert Kaput, Karel Jurgens , Priscilla Keeman, Lia Binnema en Desirée Houkema.
The Netherlands

Marlaine Cover
Marlaine Cover

Tears flowing like a river this morning learning of Dr. Webb’s sudden passing. My affections and appreciation for him run so deep words choke. But I am going to give it a go anyway because he always went the extra mile to say the difficult with sensitivity and kindness, expanding all of our hearts and minds in the process. In my role as Founder of Parenting 2.0 and President of our non-profit, The Global Presence, I am fortunate to meet many passionate, heart-centric and deep thinking Life Skills professionals. Dr. Webb was the heart among the heartful guided, rare in… Read more »

Cally Rogers-Witte
Cally Rogers-Witte

My husband, Frank, and I are devastated by this news. It’s been quite a while since we spent time with Jim and Jan but we frequently say to each other how much we would like to see them! Frank first met Jim when they studied together to pass the Arizona test to be licensed Psychologists in that state and then I had the immense privilege of officiating at their wedding. What a beautiful couple and what a gentle giant of a man (intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually)!

Sharon Hager
Sharon Hager

I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Webb speak at the OAGC conference last October. I was impressed by his thorough understanding of all stages of giftedness- from child to adolescent to adult, and his ability to look at all the stages with a sense of humor. He will be greatly missed!

Jennifer Hunter
Jennifer Hunter

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Webb once and it was wonderful to be speaking with someone who really understood the plight of the gifted. Sadly finding people who do understand is still rare, but thanks to Dr. Webb’s great work more people than ever do understand. He touched so many people’s lives and offered help where there was none before him. Dr. Webb was a great man and I am so sad to hear of his passing. Wishing his family all the best during this difficult time.

Paula Hillmann
Paula Hillmann

My heartfelt condolences to the Webb Family. Jim left a treasured legacy and an indelible mark on the study and needs of gifted people. I was first introduced to Jim while a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD ’93) and have used his work throughout the years. He offered HOPE for the many gifted-talented-creative individuals who struggle with emotional difficulties. I know he will continue to be an angel resting on my shoulder as I continue work in the field. Peace and love, Dr. Paula Hillmann (retired Faculty Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and practicing counseling psychologist (Stillpoint Counseling… Read more »

Maureen McDermid
Maureen McDermid

Jim recently shared his passion and expertise in support of gifted individuals with families, educators and medical professionals in Vancouver, BC Canada in April of this year. His impact was immense and has left a legacy which we will build on to continue his work. We are immensely saddened by this news and our condolences to his family and friends comes with the assurance that his work will continue through the inspiration he left here. We are grateful for his life’s work, generousity and legacy which we carry forth. On behalf of the Gifted Children’s Association of British Columbia.

Vickie Curd Ladt
Vickie Curd Ladt

Everyone loved and respected Jim and he will be dearly missed. Ric and I just saw him at the SENG conference and were so happy we had the opportunity to catch up with him. He came to my presentation and was so engaged in the Q & A afterwards for which I will always be grateful. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and to his many, many colleagues in the world of gifted education who have lost an icon. His lifelong work, his words, and his passion will live on through the many lives he has inspired and touched.

Sabine Paschen-Schnarkowski
Sabine Paschen-Schnarkowski

What a loss at first für his family, but also for his friends and all gifted children. I am very sorry!

Marieke Schuurman
Marieke Schuurman

Dear webb familie,

What a schock to hear that James passend away,. Hè was always there, with true attention, patience, inspirational conversation and humor. He was for me a great mirror to know that I was on the right track. Thank you so much for the time you were all in his background to support him. Best wishes for the time to come. Warm greatings, Marieke Schuurman – van der Heyden, The Netherlands

Brigit Brinkman
Brigit Brinkman

Last year I had the honor and privilege of meeting James and Janet during his SMPG facilitator training in The Netherlands. The news of James passing away unexpectedly comes as a big shock to me. His legacy inspires me in my day to day life and work. I wish Janet and family and friends strength to cope with this big loss. He was a true inspirational visionair.

Cindy Z Hansen
Cindy Z Hansen

Selfishly I think of my personal loss of an amazingly kind mentor and generous soul. I also grieve for the world who has lost a leader for our precious and fragile gifted community. I will rejoice in all that he has given us and will continue to give us in his talks- both public and private-, in SENG and in his writings. He has given so much to my client & SENG families through me and my colleagues and he will continue to do so. I will always cherish his generosity of hugs and positive guidance as recently as our… Read more »

Shannon Harrison
Shannon Harrison

Jim was such an inspiration and a mentor to so many of us. I learned so much from him. He was so incredibly compassionate and such an amazing man. He will very much be missed.

Jan DeLisle
Jan DeLisle

Dr. Webb was my ‘go to’ guy for advice about the complex. The world will be a little less compassionate without him. Deepest sympathies to his family. Thank you for sharing him with an adoring following.

Sandra von Känel
Sandra von Känel

My condolences to his family and friends. This is a big loss for all of us in the world of giftedness. I had the pleasure to meet him twice, attend workshops and talk to him. He was apart from his enormous knowledge so positive and encouraging and had a good sense of humor. Rest in peace. Sandra from Zurich, Switzerland.

Kelly Merrill
Kelly Merrill

I am very sorry to hear of this loss to, most importantly, your family but also to the academic world and to the families of gifted children and the children themselves. I Dr. Webb speak recently in Tacoma and was brought to tears to hear of his passion for children with bright minds and their social and emotional needs. He inspired us to make a more appropriate decision for our son’s educational tract. We are thankful for him!

Carmen Baysinger
Carmen Baysinger

I met Dr. Webb the first time last week at the SENG conference. At the end of the conference, we were both quietly standing on the patio. I thanked him for his wisdom. What a beautiful gift to share with the world.

He will be greatly missed, however, he lives on in each of us.

My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

J hp de Jongh
J hp de Jongh

Dear family of Mr Webb, My sincerest condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, and family member, as well as a friend, and colleague to many. In the early days of a career for me in the world of making the world clearer on gifted people, I now know for sure, having read a few books and articles already, and being experienced on first hand with this item, that I want to carry on and out all there is to know and learn about gifted and their needs so the work of a great person will forever… Read more »

Joke de Witt
Joke de Witt

This wise man will be missed.

Michael Shaughnessy
Michael Shaughnessy

Jim was a giant and a legend as well as a good friend and colleague and mentor. His work impacted many children families and others in the field of gifted. I so much appreciated his feedback and wisdom and the time we shared. Jim, I will do my best to make sure your work lives on !

Patricia Gommans
Patricia Gommans

My condolences.
He was a inspiring man to listen to and to read his books.
Thank you James for sharing so much informatie!
Kind regards Patricia
(Netherlands)

Folkert Offereins
Folkert Offereins

I met Jim in 2015. I was impressed not by his knowledge, although impressive, but by his personality. Open honest and knowning. I only met him short and i’m greatfull for that moment. I can’t imagine what he must have meant for family and friends. My condolences to mr Webb’s family, friends and collegaes. Folkert Offereins The Netherlands