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Dr. James Grant Sibert


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Dr. James Grant Sibert Obituary
James passed away December 25, 2010. Born March 19, 1920 in Republic, PA, James was the ninth of eleven children born to Anna Lakin Sibert and George Scott Sibert. He attended Redstone Township High School and graduated from Youngstown High School Adult Education, Youngstown, OH in 1938. James enlisted in the Regular Army in 1940 and served honorably during World War II as part of Third Corps in Baltimore, MD and on General Douglas MacArthur's staff in Australia supporting Philippine Intelligence Operations. After discharge in 1944, James settled in Los Angeles and enrolled at USC. He was awarded a BA in history in 1947 and a MA in 1948 while working part-time at E. F. Hutton at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange and RCA in Hollywood. He taught for two years in Saudi Arabia under contract with Aramco Oil. After his return to California, he taught for two years at El Segundo and three years at Torrance High School. He then joined the Torrance Unified School District Central Administration in personnel. He continued his education and was awarded an EdD in administration from USC in 1963. He retired March 19, 1980, his sixtieth birthday, as assistant superintendent, personnel. After retirement, James became an avid swimmer each weekday morning at the YMCA. He joined his weekly piano class and walked most days for exercise. His active lifestyle helped him overcome some medical issues. Dr. Sibert leaves his beloved wife, Martha Tolliver Sibert, whom he wed May 15, 1959. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Inza Chadwick, Mary Aleta Dunkle, Betty Jane Mrvos, Ann Margaret Sibert, Rose Ellen Sibert and brothers, Edward Scott, George William, Joseph Allan and Arthur Franklin. Other survivors include nephews, James Dunkle of Camarillo, CA and Paul Mrvos, Joe Mrvos and David Mrvos, all of Pittsburgh, PA. He lost his favorite nephew, James Sibert who was like a brother, February 13, 2007. Dr. Sibert was an advocate for education throughout his lifetime. He convinced many young people to finish college. Dr. James Grant Sibert will be missed by his family and many friends. He preferred no funeral service. Burial will be private at Green Hills Cemetery. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 30, 2010
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