James Joseph Deegan

May 28, 1935April 10, 2018

James Joseph Deegan, a native Houstonian, was born at St. Joseph Hospital on May 28, 1935 to Inez Elizabeth Carroll and James Edward Deegan. Raised in Galveston, where his family had lived for four generations, he was in the first class to graduate from the new Ball High School. He held a B.A. Degree from the Univeersity of Texas-Austin with majors in history, psychology, sociology, and science. He held an M.Ed. from the University of Houston in administration. He taught for 35 years in 6 schools in HISD including every course in social studies from Texas History to Economics. After retirement he was in the first docent class of 1999 at Rienzi, MFAH, where he remained as a docent emeritus. He held executive positions in many educational organizations, and after retirement he became the tour coordinator for LEOH. He is survived by many wonderful friends.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Monday, April 16, 2018 with the funeral service to follow at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet St. The interment will be at Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006 for the restoration of the Link-Lee Mansion, or the Peavy School of Nursing.


  • James Edward Deegan, Father
  • Inez Elizabeth Carroll, Mother
  • He is survived by many wonderful friends.


  • Visitation Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Interment Monday, April 16, 2018

James Joseph Deegan

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Lori Zech

April 17, 2018

Mr. Deegan was a great teacher... however I just had no interest in government. I was in his class my senior year. I will never forget the day they posted grades. I was afraid I wasn't going to pass his class so I would be able to walk with my class. I didn't deserve it, but Mr. Deegan passed me. I went to see him to personally thank him and he told me he passed me because I "showed up and tried." I have never forgotten him for that... OR the lesson it taught me. I does count to just "show up." I have told this story many times over the years... and I remember him very fondly. RIP Mr. Deegan...

Charles Baer

April 16, 2018

Mr. Deegan taught me American History in my junior year at Westbury High School in 1976-1977. The second semester, two of us had a schedule conflict and Mr. Deegan taught the two of us "Major Works" History in what would have been his free period. It is rare indeed to encounter that kind of selflessness and dedication to the craft in a teacher, or in any trade. I am a teacher myself, and Mr. Deegan remains a model of how to do the job right.

-Charlie Baer, Westbury HS Class of '78