James Stockton

February 28, 1931January 7, 2021

James Evan Stockton died at the age of 89 on January 7, 2021 at a care facility in Kerrville, Texas after a long battle with dementia. James was born in Goliad, Texas on February 28, 1931 to Lorette Wilson Stockton and Seth Evan Stockton. James was an only child but had many cousins in both the Stockton and Wilson families.

James graduated from Austin High School in 1948, and from the University of Texas in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. After graduating from UT, he was employed by the Defense Research Lab of the University of Texas, later named Applied Research Lab. He received the President’s Award for Excellence in 1991 from UT President Dr. William H. Cunningham. He retired from Applied Research Lab in August 1997 after 37 years of service. James was a member of the Acoustical Society of America, staying active after his retirement from UT.

James served in the U.S. Army for the Korean Conflict. After the conflict, he served in the Army Reserve and then the National Guard, achieving the rank of Colonel. He was a pilot and logged many flight hours before retiring from the Guard.

James was married to the love of his life, Judith Ann West on October 13, 1951. After 64 years together, his beloved wife Judy died on June 26, 2016. They are survived by daughter Barbara Stockton Cordova and husband Antonio Cordova of Kerrville, son David Evan Stockton and wife Sheila Lopez Stockton of Lockhart, and his beloved grandsons and their spouses Stephen Evan Cordova and Molly of New Braunfels and Marcos Edward Cordova and Kirsti O’Brien of Burnet.

James will be interred with military honors at a private graveside service on Thursday January 14, 2021 at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery.

If lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Austin, UT College of Engineering, or another charity of your choice.


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Betty Korts

January 14, 2021

I was saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. He and I worked together for 28 years at A R L. Our interface was always pleasant and I think we had a common respect for each other. He was always a gentleman and dedicated to being a good and loyal employee. I wish we had stayed in closer contact after our retirement. My condolences to his family. Hold fast to all your sweet memories of him.

Dixie Terry

January 13, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Jim on one of the Acoustical Society of America conventions he was a joy and a pleasure to work with. He will be missed.

Robert Smith

January 13, 2021

If it were not for Mr. Stockton picking me off a list of ARL employees to be laid off who knows where I would be today. I went on to stay with UT and ARL until today. I am retired working part time in the position he put me in over 30 years ago in 1989. He was a wonderful man and a pleasure to work for.
My mother just passed after 6+ years with Az. I am sorry if you had to endure that. Time to smile. Peace