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December 16, 2019

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November 13, 2019
Dr. James, Dr. Val, and family... we were saddened to hear of the passing of your father. It sounds like he was an accomplished and interesting man. Sending love and support at this difficult time. We will hold you in our hearts. Dawn and Linnea
November 12, 2019
Dear ones,
What a splendid photo of John!!! It captures his refined intelligence, his gentle, loving soul, his wisdom....
Memories we elders have plenty of, and we summon them all too often as good-byes multiply year by year.
My memories of John begin in 1969, when, as a newcomer to Kalamazoo, I met my warm neighbors John and Nancy. At first, I thought John was one of those very bright cynics, altogether intimidating. But soon I learned how much he cared in a gentle, quiet, trustworthy way, about me, my family, and, I suspect, everyone who went through life with a questioning mind, justifiable doubts, and a few scars.

It was thrilling for me, a lover of European piano music, to hear John play. A powerful Brahms intermezzo comes to mind. John played with such a deep affinity with the composer's Romanticism, such musicality and breathtaking feeling, rich but never overblown. What an interesting pairing, I have long thought: John's quiet, understated restraint with words and the expression of emotion poured out at the
keyboard. I think John trusted music much more than words. How wonderfully wise!!

Nancy, John Jr., James and Nathan: May you feel blessed every day by all of John's love-filled gifts to you and by your lively memories of your shared lives.

Leonore
November 11, 2019
Debby and I send our heartfelt condolences to Nancy and the rest of the family. John and I were friends and colleagues for many years at WMU. In fact, John was my "social adviser" when I joined the Department of English, a relationship I almost immediately tested by asking that he help me move a very heavy sleeper sofa up a flight of stairs and around a corner. He did, of course, with typical good, if sardonic, humor. He was an admirable colleague and friend, and his and Nancy's relationship was an admirable example for all. We're fortunate to have a number of Nancy's wonderful paintings and other pieces, daily reminders of our friendship and of John's quietly inspiring life.
November 10, 2019
Dr James, Dr Val and family: please accept our heartfelt and sincere condolences for the death of your father. In reading his obit, it was amazingly beautiful to read, of all his accomplishments in life, for which, he had a wonderful, long and loving time on this earth! We can see how he and your Mother raised you to be the man you are and in turn, raising your own beautiful family to be. Also know that our thoughts,prayers are surrounding you all. Fondly, Terri and Robert Hoare
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