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Robert (Bob) Keith James Obituary


July 30, 1936 – December 28, 2012

Robert "Bob" Keith James, of Bryan, Texas, went to Heaven on Friday, December 28, 2012, in Decatur, IL. Bob was born in Albany, MO on July 30, 1936. He married Dorothy Evans of Savannah, MO.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of 53 years; daughters, Beth Holmes and Brad of Decatur, IL, Carolyn James and Heike Mund of Hamburg, Germany and Laura Smith and Scott of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren, Morgan Higgins, Casey Gregg, T.J. Holmes, Cameron, Connor, and Creighton Smith; brother, Ned L. James and wife JoAnn of Quitman, AR; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob grew up in Albany, MO. He completed a degree in Chemistry at Northwest Missouri State; a Master of Science from University of Northern Iowa and a P.H.D. in Science Education from University of Iowa.

He taught high school science at Odessa, MO. Later as a Professor of science education at Kansas State and Texas A&M, Bob lived his passion for training and mentoring science educators and he also directed the Texas Alliance for Science.

An active member of First Baptist Church of Bryan, Bob thrived on teaching Sunday School, supporting missionaries and serving in church outreach.

Bob served in the National Guard. Woodworking, gardening, fishing with his grandchildren and spending time with family and friends were among his favorite activities. Bob and Dorothy treasured their summers in Tin Cup, CO.

The prayers and songs of his family surrounded him in death. We are eternally grateful for his life. A Celebration service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, at First Baptist Church, 3100 Cambridge Dr, Bryan, TX 77802. The burial service will be held at 3 p.m. January 5th at Memorial Park Cemetery, 5005 Frederick Blvd, St. Joseph, MO, 64506.

A Robert K. James memorial scholarship fund will be established. Please contact Scott Smith at snsmitty@live.com.

This obituary was originally published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle.
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Published online on December 30, 2012 courtesy of The Bryan-College Station Eagle.

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