James Emory Luginbuhl PhD

December 17, 1941June 7, 2021

James Emory Luginbuhl, know as Jim, was born on December 17, 1941 and died on June 7, 2021. He was born in New York, New York, the only son of Betty and Wendell Robinson. The family moved to Seattle and Jim had fond memories of growing up there. He attended Willamette University for two years and graduated from Stanford University in 1963. After 2 years in the Peace Corp in El Salvador, he entered the graduate program in Psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He obtained his PhD in 1970 and joined the Psychology faculty at NC State University where he taught and did research until he retired as a full professor in 2003.

Jim was involved with music his entire life. His high school and college choir experiences led him to seek choral groups to join when he moved to North Carolina. He sang with many groups, most recently with the North Carolina Master Chorale. While in college, he learned Mexican folk songs and the guitar in a summer course in Mexico and continued to learn new songs and guitar-playing styles throughout his life. Jim also enjoyed traveling with family and friends, especially camping in state and national parks.

Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gerry Hobson Luginbuhl, and his daughter Sarah, son-in-law Colin, and grandchildren Savannah Grace and Miles.

His family thanks the wonderful care-givers at Rex Hospital and Transitions LifeCare for their thoughtful care.

There will be a private burial at Oakwood Cemetery. A remembrance gathering will be held at the home at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be sent to NC State University Foundation, Campus Box 7474, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7474. Please indicate that your gift is in memory of Dr. James E. Luginbuhl.

Services provided by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.


  • A remembrance gathering will be held at the home at a later date, Burial will be private at Oakwood Cemetery


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Willis Lumpkin

June 11, 2021

Jim was a good Master Chorale friend. He will be missed.

Linda Rudd

June 11, 2021

Oh, Gerry, I'm so sorry. Please know that I'm thinking of you at this sad time.

Clint Layne

June 10, 2021

We will always remember Jim for helping arrange the first Peace Corps reunion in Ocean City. Rest In peace, good friend.

Harriet Sato

June 10, 2021

I knew Jim only slightly but my heart goes out you, My sympathy, Harriet

Dana Greene

June 9, 2021

I first met Jim in Peace Corps training more than 50 years ago. After Peace Corps Jim and Gerry regularly attended our reunions. This was a man who was solid as a rock, steadfast, alive in every way. Jim was an inspiration and made the world a better place. What more can we ask of a life. Condolences to Gerry.

Dana Greene and Richard Roesel

Craig Brookins

June 9, 2021

Jim and I are colleagues in the Psychology Department at NC State. I arrived about 20 years after him and will likely retire close to 20 years after he did. I really liked Jim. He was a gentle, genial and sincere soul. We enjoyed good beer and conversation. I always wanted and was jealous of he and Gerry's Volkswagon camper and the trips they took. We didn't hang out a lot but every now and then it seemed to be necessary to see him. Always good when that happened. Rest in Power and Peace Jim.

Fran Bull

June 9, 2021

The bread and that smile! I am lucky to have known Jim & to have enjoyed PickleBall battles. Gerry, I remember your kindness & his.
Thank you, Fran

Jenifer Maryak

June 9, 2021

Gerry, Sarah and family. So sorry for your loss. Jim was such a sweetheart. I always looked forward to his cranberry bread at the departmental Holiday party. He will be greatly missed.

Thomas Wentworth

June 9, 2021

I share my heartfelt condolences to Gerry, Sarah, and the rest of Jim's extended family. I will miss his gentle, humorous, and caring spirit.

Diane Hardy

June 9, 2021

When Gerry and I birded together in Texas with Audubon, Jim e-mailed jokes to her. They talked every evening. I commented on their loving relationship, and Gerry said, "He's a keeper."