James-Aune-Obituary

James Arnt Aune Ph.D

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Miriam, I was late learning of this sad tragedy. My memories are of Nick and Dan for those years and of you coming out to get the boys and visit with me each afternoon. Jim met the bus many times while you were away shopping. I was always impressed how good looking he was and what a handsome and fun couple you two were, and mostly where Nick got those good looks!
Those years were hard for the Aunes but you had the spirit of a vivacious young at heart fun loving girl, whilst telling me...

Jim, Just found an email you sent me the day before you left us. It was just an ordinary note about what you were planning to teach for Fall 2013. How grateful I am that we had you for all the years and days and hours that we did! Miss you... Hugs, dear Miriam and sweet guys! Prayers for you all, always!! Love, Nancy Street


Dr. Aune- I am eternally grateful to Texas A&M for bringing you to the SCOM Department. You brought much needed diversity to College Station, TAMU and our curriculum. Rhetoric and Western Thought was one of my most memorable and enjoyable classes as a student. I was thrilled to hear of your well-deserved appointment to head of the department. We are all better people - and more respectful communicators - for knowing you. I hope you have found the peace you deserve. My thoughts...

having just left jim's memorial service at tamu, and having just listened to some of his close friends and colleagues eloquently share their memories i have become more fond of the first time i met jim. it was a camp for all. it was miriam and jim's first weekend alone in 6 years. dan didn't want to get out of the car and jim had to coax, push and pull. when i asked what they were going to do on this special weekend i was told that they were going home and having a quentin tarantino movie...

I did not know Jim well by any measure, but I have known him in some way for nearly 30 years. We first met in August 1983 when I was a 2nd year student at UVA. After a year off from debate, I joined the UVA debate team. We were coached by a law student, but Jim Was the faculty advisor. Over the next three years, we met up often as he checked in with the debate and forensics teams in our office in the basement of Halsey Hall.

After graduating in 1986, I spent 5 years outside...

Dear Miriam, Nick, and Dan,

We have met only once at a department lunch at Dr. Street's house. Miriam, I have spoken with you on the phone a few times. I am very sorry for your loss. I do not know how to console you. I just wish your lives are filled with immense joy in the years to come.

One day, I was lingering outside Jim's office with a sullen face. He looked up, completely confused. "I dreamt that you had died and I was at your funeral." In...

Jim was the uncle who taught me how to play Spades when I was 15. In recent years, we got to know each other better through Facebook. He was appalled at my horrendous taste in music (Britney, anyone?) He even started to root for my beloved Oakland A's in the playoffs last year, but first he had to look them up on Wikipedia to figure out if it was football or baseball. He said, "Ok, like Obama, I got this!" I loved hearing his version of the Aune family history. He spoke of his dad...

Please accept our sincere sympathies.

I am glad my friend Jim was so loved and respected by his wife, friends, students, and co-workers. He could be fierce when defending his point of view but was a gentle soul, old before his time. He was a friend worth having and remembering. I am glad he had you by his side Miriam. My thoughts will be with you for a long time.

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