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James A. "Jim" Hazard

Hazard, James A. "Jim" Accomplished poet, journalist, teacher, and musician, passed away on March 2, 2012. He was 76 years old. Mr. Hazard, a proud native of Whiting, Indiana, became a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1968, where he helped found the creative writing department. He earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from the University of Connecticut. Since the 1980s, Mr. Hazard concentrated on non-fiction writing, including regular contributions to Milwaukee Magazine. Mr. Hazard published many books, including Fire in Whiting Indiana, Look Both Ways, the Hive of Souls, and New Years Eve in Whiting, Indiana, which won the Posner Award. Mr. Hazard was known for his devotion to teaching. In addition to his work in the UWM English Department, he taught at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School, UW-Milwaukee's College for Kids, and at elder hostels. He also worked as a Poet-in-the-Schools at elementary schools across the state. He was named Professor Emeritus upon retiring from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007, after which he focused on traveling--among his favorite places were Rome and Greece. He also continued his lifelong passion for the cornet, playing in the recent Tripoli Shrine Circus Band, the Golden Eagles Band, and the Whitefish Bay Band. Mr. Hazard was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susan Firer, their children Bix Firer, Caitlin Firer, and Erin (Josh Modell) Hazard, and three children from previous marriages, Cael (Angie) Hazard, Jennifer Hazard, and Dylan (Marcia) Hazard Woods-Weisman, as well as six grandchildren and two great -grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Timothy Hazard, and sister, Elizabeth Kania. There will be a visitation from 4PM-7PM on Sunday, March 11, at Feerick Funeral Home, followed by a celebration of Jim's life.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Mar. 4, 2012
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