James W Ney
1932 - 2017
{ "" }
Share James's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Ney, Dr. James W.
84, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away peacefully May 30, 2017. Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marie, and their three children, daughter Dr. Cheryl Ney (Michael Dray), and sons James and Peter (Laurel Hill), two grandchildren, brothers, Phillip, Hugh, and George and sisters Suzanne Southwell and Sally Giblak. He was preceded in death by his parents Reginald and Elizabeth Ney and brother David. Jim was born in Kenya, Africa, on July 28,1932 where he lived until age 7. His family moved to Nanaimo, BC, Canada, where he grew up in the outdoors, sailing, fishing, and hiking, passions that stayed with him for life. He was a long-time member of the Arizona Yacht Club. He and Marie married in 1954 and moved to the U.S. shortly after. Jim earned an M.A. in Theology from Wheaton College and the Ed.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. He had a long and productive faculty career, retiring from the English Department at Arizona State university as Professor Emeritus. He was internationally known in the field of TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language). His teaching and research took him and the family around the world. He lived a wonderful life with Marie whose love he deeply cherished. His sharp wit, intellect and passion for adventure will be truly missed by all the lives he touched. Memorial services will be June 12, 2017, 10 a.m. at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale. Contributions may be made to: Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. in Phoenix or the TESOL student scholarship fund, in his name, at The Cal State LA Foundation, c/o CCOE/TESOL, Administration 809, 5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90032

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jun. 4, 2017.
Memorial service
10:00 AM
Funeral services provided by
Order by phone: (866) 764-7853
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Messinger Mortuaries Indian School Mortuary
Not sure what to say?
1 entry
February 2, 2018
Dr. Ney was my instructor at ASU for several classes. We laughed and argued as true friends should. I liked him and thanked him for helping me get my research paper published.
Don Richardson
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences