OBITUARY

James Vincent Fee

December 22, 1927November 12, 2013

James Vincent Fee, born December 22, 1927 in Cut Bank, Montana to Wilbur and Addis Garner Fee passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. He married Ruth Marion Beach on June 16, 1951 in Herrin, Illinois. He served in both the United States Army and Air Force during the Korean War. He received his B.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University in 1954 and his M.S. in 1955 from SIU. Dr. Fee received his Ph.D. in Education from Ohio State in 1964, taught high school debate in Marion, Illinois, taught debate and public speaking at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky from 1961-1966 and taught speech and communications at the University of Akron from 1967-1989. He attended Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Fee was a lifelong educator, member of Professional Speech Associations, Akron Men’s Garden Club, Akron University Association of Retirees, and Akron Symphony Guild. He was preceded in death by his wife February 9, 2010; and is survived by his daughter, Jan Ellen Bobbitt and her husband, Douglas R.; son, Bruce A. Fee and his wife Tracy Douglas; grandchildren, David R. Bobbitt and his wife, Abigail, Katherine E. Habkouk and her husband, B. Chase Habkouk, Nicholas J. Fee and Kate Douglas; great grandchildren, Jordyn E. and Jackson R. The family will receive friends from 9:00 am until service time at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN 38133.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2013
REMEMBERING

James Vincent Fee

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STAN LINDSKOG

December 14, 2013

My Uncle Jim taught me to LOVE books and how to read them when I was in grade school. He was my friend and mentor and took me to the river in Cut Bank to fish. He always treated me with respect and love. I am saddened by his passing but am also enriched by his having been part of my life.

Terry Lueck

November 27, 2013

I began my career at The University of Akron shortly before Jim Fee retired. But he stayed involved after hs retirement and could be counted on for good conversation. A gem of new information would bring a glint to his eye, a thoughtful pause, and usually a clever retort. I am fortunate to have known him.

November 20, 2013

The Association of the University of Akron Retirees is saddened by the loss of one of its charter members, Jim Fee, who served as its Membership Chairman for fourteen years. We miss his presence at our monthly Board meetings, and at lunch "with the gang" afterwards.
To me, he was always "Dr. Fee" rather than "Jim", because of the respect and high regard Akron students showed for him. Over the years we shared many students because he sent them to my human rights course and history classes. I think I even danced with him once at a graduate students' wedding reception back in the 1980s.
Dr. Fee will be sorely missed on our campus.
Sincerely, June K. Burton, Ph.D., L.L.D., President, AUAR

David McCann

November 19, 2013

Professor Fee - a peace maker among a diverse group of educators and students. For me - the summer of 1981 will forever be in my memory - Theory of Group Dynamics - his real human efforts in teaching graduate students the value of listening, and learning the quality of empathy in a group setting. What more needs to be said? His notes are a part of my personal archives - as valuable now as they were 32 years ago. I am so happy his learned soul touched my life, truly.

Dudley Turner

November 18, 2013

I remember Dr. Fee as my instructor and my colleague at Akron - an inspiration to me as I continue teaching. And . . . we share the same birthday, too. God bless you all, and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

November 17, 2013

Dear Jan and Family,
We were so saddened to hear about your Dad. I know that he hadn't been in Memphis very long. So sorry for your loss; I know that he will be missed. Everyone at the office really liked him and was so surprised to hear this news. Please know that you and your family will be in our prayers.
In sympathy and much love to you and yours,
Judye and Jack Shannon

Andrew Rancer

November 16, 2013

Dr. Fee was a passionate educator and communicator. He was one of the pioneers of the field. He will be missed.

November 16, 2013

Jan, we are so sorry to hear about your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ron and Janine

Christine Bean

November 15, 2013

James was a member of Summit County Retired Teachers Association. He will be remembered at our annual memorial service for deceased members next November. We send our sincere sympathy.

Nancy Barnett

November 15, 2013

Dear Jan and Family,
My heart is broken for you since the loss of your Dad. I know how very happy you were to have him living here with you in Memphis and how much you both enjoyed each others company. What a blessing you were to him and he was to you and your family. Cherish the sweet times you had sharing Jordan and Jackson with him. You are a wonderful daughter and I know he was so very proud of you and all you and Doug and kids did to make him feel at home. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Nancy Barnett