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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Rosina
Rosina

Jim vivira siempre dentro de mi corazón y continuara siendo la luz que ilumina mi vida personal y profesional. Descanse en paz estimado profesor!

LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

On behalf of Los Angeles Unified School District, we are reaching out to recognize Dr. Webb for his support and decades-long collaboration to address the social-emotional needs of gifted/talented learners. His books, presentations, and support have left an indelible impression on the students, parents, educators, and psychologists in our district. This is a tremendous loss to the Gifted and Talented Education community. We will continue to honor Dr. Webb’s message and legacy through our work. We extend our deepest condolences to his family.

Heidi Molbak
Heidi Molbak

Jim’s death has left me both utterly disoriented with grief and at the same time exploding with gratitude and shock for his impact on the lives of gifted individuals around the world. Like he was to so many, Jim was a shining beacon in my life, a father figure, and he was a true friend. I can’t believe he’s gone. We’ll carry on your work, Jim, by every day trying to make the world more socially and emotionally safe for our gifted children and adults around the world. All my love to Janet, your daughters and grand children. Peace be… Read more »

Vickie Briercheck
Vickie Briercheck

He never failed to inspire me. Thousands of gifted children and adults are better off, for his having been here.

Bertie
Bertie

He was a fantastic listener who inspired some of my best work with gifted children. His legacy will continue on through all of us who felt the live that he exuded. Thanks for your dedication to gifted learners and their families.

Julie Zahs
Julie Zahs

I went to several of Dr. Webb’s sessions/presentations at the Iowa Gifted Conferences. I always knew I would learn a lot and be totally inspired by him. He was amazing and so willing to share his knowledge. He will be missed.

Jean Peterson
Jean Peterson

With his enduring, compassionate advocacy, Jim paved the way for gentle legions. What a remarkable presence he had–and will continue to have. Gratefully, Jean Peterson

Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith

One of my favorite Arizona memories was thanks to Jim Webb. Jim plotted with Bart to get me up in the air–in his single engine plane–as a Valentine’s Day surprise in 2016. I had never been in a small plane before, and was surprised by how calm I felt as we took off from Marana. That’s mainly because Jim was an excellent pilot. Truly excellent. He was always so calm and knowledgable, and his passion for flying oozed out in all he taught us along the way. But he also let it be silent now and then so we could… Read more »

Glenda Olsen
Glenda Olsen

I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Webb but I’m grateful to him for founding SENG. My daughter has served as a group facilitator for SENG and is the parent of two gifted boys. The SENG organization provided her with a place to talk with others who were experiencing similar challenges in parenting gifted children and the conferences were a wonderful setting to learn from experts in the field. Thank you to Dr. Webb for seeing a need, and filling it.

Maud van Thiel
Maud van Thiel

I want to offer my sincere condolences to James family and friends. James was a charming, caring, inspiring and wise man. He will be missed. It was a privilege to meet him. With his work and his person he was – is and will be – of inestimable value, not only for the gifted community, but also for myself. I am thankful for his support and appreciation, which was of great value to my work with gifted adults.

Trudy Wallace
Trudy Wallace

Dr Webb was a great friend of Chicago Public Schools’ staff, students and their families. We are so sorry for your loss and offer our condolences on the passing of a wonderful man.

Lauren
Lauren

He coached my husband and I on parenting our PG2e child, and made me feel heard and understood. His advice was spot on, and impacted our entire family. We will always be grateful for his help and guidance. A wonderful man.

VAGTC Australia
VAGTC Australia

Our hearts go out to all who you have worked with, who you have helped, and who you have championed. Vale, Dr. James T. Webb and thank you for all you have done. From Victoria, Australia.

Rosina
Rosina

Estimado profesor Jim, lo guardare en mi corazón iluminando mi sendero personal y profesional. Descanse en paz!

Ana
Ana

Ever grateful for his support of our gifted kids. Glad I had the opportunity to meet him.

Tracy Harrington
Tracy Harrington

I am heartbroken to hear about Jim’s passing. It is so hard to believe after seeing him looking so well in SENGDiego. It took a while for it to sink in to me that it’s true. As with so many others, Jim changed my life and the lives of my children for the better. Jim was the first person I connected with at my first SENG conference in 2014, and the last person I said good-bye to this year. In between, he helped me to understand myself and my family, to recognize there is a need to help Gifted Adults… Read more »

Sabrina Bear
Sabrina Bear

Sorry for the loss of a great man, a legacy, he will be missed by all. Barry Kennedy and I had dinner with him and his wife Saturday the 21st of July in San Diego, CA. We enjoyed their company. May God Bless the family and friends that loved him so much.

Catherine Gruener
Catherine Gruener

Greg and I are deeply saddened to hear the news of Jim passing. We have fond memories of hosting him through Loyola Medical Center where his heart and focus on detail while training mental health professionals, who had no training on the social and emotional issues of gifted had profound affects on all who attended. Lots of love and thoughts to all of his family on his passing. Dr. Gregory and Catherine Gruener

Erlange
Erlange

I’m so deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Webb. I’m so thankful that I had a chance to meet him in Orlando, Florida. His legacy endures in the work that he did and the many people he has helped through SENG and other platforms. Because of his work, my son who is pg is doing a lot better and I have been able to direct many parents with their children’s I know the world will miss his presence. My deepest condolences to his family and the SENG family.

Susan Sweeney
Susan Sweeney

What a loss for our world and gifted advocacy community. When I was a very new GT parent group leader looking for guest speakers who could inspire parents and help GT kids, I reached out to Dr. Webb. He was a quick and easy “yes” without a lot of hassle or fanfare on fairly short notice. He flew his own plane which gave him flexibility and he was so generous with his time and so gracious to our group. I will miss him. My sincerest condolences to his wife family.

Joanne Foster
Joanne Foster

Jim Webb was a leader, a scholar, a caring teacher, and a true gentleman. I am grateful for the time I spent working with him, for the faith he had in me as an author, for everything I learned from his shared wisdom, and for all he contributed to the field of gifted education—and beyond. His impact was profound. I hope that Jan and the entire Webb family take comfort in knowing that Jim’s teachings and contributions will live on through the accomplishments of the countless people he mentored and encouraged. I will always remember his smile, his sense of… Read more »

Alena R Treat, PhD
Alena R Treat, PhD

My heart is heavy… missing a great man who was so kind and always a pleasure to be around. He will be greatly missed. He will always be greatly loved.

beth moore
beth moore

What an inspirational and kind professional! Rest in peace. Prayers to all those mourning.

Cedric L. Alexander
Cedric L. Alexander

My heart is heavy and saddened at this very moment…May GOD bless the Webb family in their time of oss.
Cedric L. Alexander
SOPP, 1997

Tim Costello
Tim Costello

Dr. Webb’s passing is a huge loss for the gifted community. As the head of a gifted, independent school, I am most grateful for Dr. Webb’s innumerable contributions to the field, especially his seminal work with SENG. Understanding and supporting the social and emotional growth of gifted learners is critical to their success. After all, a meaningful education teaches children how to make both a living and a life.

Sylvia Rimm
Sylvia Rimm

I am forever grateful to Jim Webb for his major contribution to the gifted children forever. His leadership in the area of social emotional needs inspired parents and educators alike. He was an inspiration to me in my own psychologist career and a great friend. I will miss him very much.

Sylvia Rimm
Sylvia Rimm

I am forever grateful to Jim Webb for his major contribution the gifted children forever. His leadership in the area of social emotion needs inspired parents and educators alike. He was an inspiration to me in my psychologist career as he was a great friend. I will miss him very much.

Joy
Joy

I heard Dr. Webb speak once a few years ago, and it changed the course of my family’s life. At the time my eldest son was really struggling, and upon hearing Dr. Webb I realized that so many of challenges were simply a normal part of being gifted. I laughed and cried and took a million notes as he recounted story after story of kids who sounded just like my own. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so alone. I knew there were others in our shoes out there and resources to help my son not only thrive but truly blossom. I… Read more »

Liz Bradshaw
Liz Bradshaw

I am so sad – for his family, for the gifted world. Over the years he has given me wise council, encouragement and support. Such a wise, unpretentious and generous man. I will deeply miss him.

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Sandra Warren
Sandra Warren

I am in total shock! It saddens me deeply to hear of the loss of an amazing psychologist, mentor, husband, father, grandfather and friend. His legacy will live on in the thousands perhaps millions of young lives throughout the world touched through educators and parents who were guided by his wisdom. Jim touched me personally as a mentor and friend.

My heart goes out to Jan and the family. May the love he generated around the world surround and comfort all of you in this time of sorrow.

Lance Decker
Lance Decker

I’m sad to hear Jim has passed. He was one of the finest, most honorable men I’ve known, and was a real inspiration to me. Jim helped me develop my publishing business in the late 1990’s, introduced me to a number of wonderful resources, and became a friend to my youngest son, Matt. When I think of Jim I think of his interest in airplanes and flying. He took my mother and me on a plane ride to Sedona once; she said it was one of the highlights of moving to Arizona.

Vernastene Black
Vernastene Black

My heart goes out to the Webb family. Thanks to Dr. Webb, our gifted students’ education is thriving and never placed on the back burner. Job well done. Rest in Glory, Dr. Webb. You will surely be missed.

Wendy J. Eisner, Ph.D.
Wendy J. Eisner, Ph.D.

We at the Achilles Project, Nassau Community College, NY, send condolences to Jim Webb’s family. His work helped so many people. In particular, we found Misdiagnoses and Dual Diagnoses to be especially helpful when we were designing our post-secondary program for the twice-exceptional student.

Katie Augustyn
Katie Augustyn

I am very saddened by Jim’s passing. He meant a lot to me and to so many others. His dedication to making the world a better place for gifted and 2e children and adults was truly amazing, and he HAS made a huge difference. His work and teachings will continue to live on. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

Lee Collver-Richards
Lee Collver-Richards

Thank you, Jim for the love , truth and commitment your compassion and brilliance has given to families across the globe. You inspired me to create Studio Schools at HEART Academy in Jamaica and Haiti! Your books have nourished parent groups and changed the way we treat all our children who are the future. You taught me how to become conscious of the dialogue in my head and saved my life. My deepest condolences to your family. May they know the peace surpassing understanding. It is an honor to have know and worked with you Jim Webb.

Joel McIntosh
Joel McIntosh

Jim and I always found a little time to visit at education conferences in between his ever-popular presentations. Jim and I traded stories and swapped information about book publishing. I valued his guidance and humor. He was a good businessman and effective advocate for gifted children. The field of gifted education has lost of big heart and strong voice. My heart goes out to Jim’s loved ones.

Patty
Patty

My heart is saddened at the news of Dr. Webb’s passing. He was such a wonderful and caring man. Even though gifted education will not be the same without him, gifted education will be forever changed because of him, and gifted children everywhere will be forever positively impacted by his teachings and research. Thank you Dr. Webb, you are already greatly missed.

Doreen Woolley
Doreen Woolley

So sad to hear this!! Jim had such a powerful influence on me and gave me the confidence and training I needed to help hundreds of parents of gifted children. He will be missed greatly, but leaves a legacy that few can claim!! Condolences to Janet and all the family. Sending prayers to all.

Anna
Anna

I had the pleasure of meeting Jim at the Power Up Potential Conference in Vancouver, BC Canada this past April. He was such a knowledgeable and compassionate speaker. I will be forever grateful for having the opportunity to hear him speak and appreciate all that he has done for gifted and twice exceptional who are often misunderstood. My heartfelt condolences to Jim’s family. May all of you find peace and closure. Jim was a very special person who touched me. I cherish his book “Searching for Meaning” and so grateful that he signed a copy for me.

Ali Oshinsky
Ali Oshinsky

Dr. Webb visited my kids’ school a couple of years ago and I got the opportunity to soak in his profound knowledge and experience with gifted children. He was kind and humble and had a wonderful sense of humor. I am a better parent because of the time I got to spend with him that day. May he rest in peace knowing that thousands of gifted children are better understood because of his life’s work.

Marcie Booth
Marcie Booth

I’m surprised and very saddened to hear of Dr. Jim Webb’s passing. I’ve heard him speak on several occasions and even met with him a few times to discuss my ideas for supporting our G/2E community. He always supported me and encouraged me to forge onward. When my oldest PG/2E son was a precocious toddler and I knew nothing about parenting gifted or special needs children I found the SENG website and received support and information about our challenges. I learned to open my heart to my unique child and how to accept him and nurture him. Today he is… Read more »

Don C Pearson, MD, JD - Brother in Law
Don C Pearson, MD, JD - Brother in Law

Ave atque vale, Jim. —advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias, I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites, ut te postremo donarem munere mortis to show this final honor to the dead, et mutam nequiquam adloquerer cinerem, and speak to your silent ashes, quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum… since now fate takes you, even you, from me… ave atque vale. ‘Hail and Farewell’ Gaius Valerius Catullus

Wendy Tuccille
Wendy Tuccille

My gifted son is thriving because of Jim’s wisdom and because of SENG. I have no doubt our son and family’s path would have been radically different, dark and sad without all we have learned because of SENG and Jim. Words do not adequately express our gratitude.

Donna J. Palmer-Carey
Donna J. Palmer-Carey

Loved his work. Enjoyed reading his books.want his vision to carry on, because it is so important. His work made me a better educator to all children.

Sarah Mason
Sarah Mason

My children are thriving as young adults thanks to everything that I had learned from Dr. Webb. They have amazing careers in NYC, Seattle, and Austin! Your legacy will live on. I am so glad I had the chance to meet you in person! Thank you for coming to speak in our small suburban town in north Texas!

Marion Kee
Marion Kee

What a generous, good person–and what an effective leader. The gifted community was a lot smaller before he founded SENG! Still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that he won’t be there at the next SENG Conference. Sincere condolences to his wife, Jan, his daughters, family and many friends and colleagues. I am so very sorry for this loss.

Ranae Monsen
Ranae Monsen

My heart goes out to your family, you helped my family when we were in despite need to understand our three children’s 2e gifts and challenges. Because of one of his articles he gave me the courage to get the services our 2e kids needed,as well as be the Guiding force behind understanding and our 2 profoundly gifted, and one highly gifted Children. He inspired me to be trained as a SENG facilitator and I’ve had the privilege of sharing with many other parents the things I’ve learned. What a remarkable man. I lost my own Father just a few… Read more »

Yoliani Saud
Yoliani Saud

Thank you Dr. Webb for your deep wisdom and inspiration, and your willingness to help us understand, accept, and love ourselves and guide other gifted children. Your books changed my life. I will be forever grateful and never forget you. Wish I could have met you. My deepest condolences to all the Webb family.

Valentin Villa
Valentin Villa

Sad for his departure from this physical world, but joyful for having met Dr. Webb. He now has transcended again to continue his journey to enlightenment. While with us, he transformed the mind of many and helped us to see gifted children with more compassion and love. His energy and smile were beautiful and generous gifts that stay in the heart of every person who met him and children he helped. Rest In Peace Dr. Webb and God bless you