My Uncle Jim taught me to LOVE books and how to read them when I was in grade school. He was my friend and mentor and took me to the river in Cut Bank to fish. He always treated me with respect and love. I am saddened by his passing but am also enriched by his having been part of my life.
I began my career at The University of Akron shortly before Jim Fee retired. But he stayed involved after hs retirement and could be counted on for good conversation. A gem of new information would bring a glint to his eye, a thoughtful pause, and usually a clever retort. I am fortunate to have known him.
The Association of the University of Akron Retirees is saddened by the loss of one of its charter members, Jim Fee, who served as its Membership Chairman for fourteen years. We miss his presence at our monthly Board meetings, and at lunch "with the gang" afterwards.
To me, he was always "Dr. Fee" rather than "Jim", because of the respect and high regard Akron students showed for him. Over the years we shared many students because he sent them to my human rights course and history classes. I think I even danced with him once at a graduate students' wedding reception back in the 1980s.
Dr. Fee will be sorely missed on our campus.
Sincerely, June K. Burton, Ph.D., L.L.D., President, AUAR
Professor Fee - a peace maker among a diverse group of educators and students. For me - the summer of 1981 will forever be in my memory - Theory of Group Dynamics - his real human efforts in teaching graduate students the value of listening, and learning the quality of empathy in a group setting. What more needs to be said? His notes are a part of my personal archives - as valuable now as they were 32 years ago. I am so happy his learned soul touched my life, truly.
I remember Dr. Fee as my instructor and my colleague at Akron - an inspiration to me as I continue teaching. And . . . we share the same birthday, too. God bless you all, and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.