James Daniel Gleason

March 18, 1940January 15, 2019

Dr. James Daniel Gleason, Ph.D. died peacefully in San Antonio, TX at the age of 78.

Dr. Gleason was born in Morgantown, West Virginia to Robert Francis Gleason and Naomi Grace Gleason. Dr. Gleason is survived by his sister, Naomi Fannett and spouse, Martin Fannett; children, Paul N. Gleason and partner, Carolyn Pederson and Heather G. Montgomery and spouse, Jay L. Montgomery; grandchildren, Lauren Montgomery and Jason Montgomery. He is preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Gleason of Victoria, TX.

He graduated from Nederland High School, Nederland, TX in 1958. He attended Lamar State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree. Dr. Gleason was a teacher for the Beaumont and Galveston Independent School Districts before attending graduate school at Vanderbilt University, Baylor University, University of Texas, and Texas A&M where he ultimately graduated in 1977 with a Ph.D. in political science. He was a member of the educational fraternity Phi Delta Kapp. After moving to Victoria, TX, in 1970, he worked for the Victoria Junior College as a tenured professor teaching government for over 40 years. Dr. Gleason rallied his students to participate in local government by challenging their beliefs. Republican or Democrat, he encouraged them all to vote.

Dr. Gleason was an active and dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Victoria, TX. He believed in the study of religion as much as the study of government. He was a scholar in all aspects of life. He volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America, Victoria County Democrat Club, and Phi Delta Kappa. His was humble with community philanthropic efforts. It was important to him to never make anyone feel less because you have more.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 25th at First United Methodist Church located at 407 N. Bridge St, Victoria, TX with a reception to follow. Reverend Tim Barlow will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dr. Gleason’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Nazareth Academy School located at 206 W Convent St, Victoria, TX, and the First United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of Citizens Medical Center for their compassion and efforts, as well as the doctors and staff of Brook Army Medical Center for their dedication and care.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Robert Francis Gleason, Father
  • Naomi Grace Gleason, Mother
  • Katherine Rusling Gleason, Wife
  • Naomi Louise (Martin) Fannett, Sister
  • Paul Nathan (Carolyn Pederson) Gleason, Son
  • Heather (Jason) Montgomery, Daughter
  • Mark Patrick Gleason, Son
  • Lauren Montgomery, Grandchild
  • Jason Montgomery, Grandchild
  • Dr. Gleason also leaves many colleagues, extended family and friends to cherish his memory.

  • Nazareth Academy
  • Victoria First United Methodist Church


  • Memorial Service Friday, January 25, 2019

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Frances Mozisek

January 26, 2019

I've known Dr. Gleason since 1972 when I became his secretary at Victoria College. Our lives crossed many times through these years. Stopping by to visit at Victoria College. Seeing Dr. Gleason and Kitty eating out many times with the grandkids. Visiting at swim lessons at Northside swimming pool with grandkids....his and mine. I know he will be truly missed.
Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Frances Hartman Mozisek

Dorothy Gehrke

January 24, 2019

There are many people out there that have no idea that Dr Gleason was that jovial Santa whose lap they sat on at Christmas parties at Our Lady of Victory School for many years. So many years I would give him a call to make that special visit to our students. He was always so jolly and happy to do it. Sometimes he wouldn’t need too much extra stuffing! We will miss him.

RJ Alvarado

January 22, 2019

I have so many memories of wonderful discussions in Dr. Gleason's class during my college career in the 1980's. He was an educator that inspired his students to action in their words and in their deeds. I became a history/government teacher because of his encouragement and belief in me. His moving words mesmerized classes for many years. He was the teacher I aspired to be! Now as an administrator I think of his words often as I navigate the political climate of a school district.

May many blessings be bestowed upon the family and friends that he so impacted on a daily basis. Rest in Peace!

RJ Alvarado
Director of Special Education and Student Services
West Oso ISD
Corpus Christi, TX

Denise Genty

January 22, 2019

I was a government student in Professor Gleason's class back in the 80s. He was a very passionate teacher and I enjoyed his class a great deal. As a young person this was the first time I was exposed to current political events. He made the entire class about current events, government processes and both sides of a viewpoint. Even though it was a long time ago, I remember sitting in class and thoroughly enjoying the discussion -- he made it interesting and engaging -- what all great teachers do. God Bless, James Gleason.

Laura Flanagan

January 21, 2019

Sending my prayers and sincere condolences to the Gleason Family.

Laura Flanagan - Victoria, Texas
(Leanne Clayton Seewald's mother)

Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz

January 20, 2019

I was fortunate to have Dr. Gleason for political science in the summer of 1972. He was an outstanding professor who had great enthusiasm for what he was teaching. I only regret that I never told him how much he influenced my life. He always came to class with that bright smile on his face. We know that he will be missed by many people. May God bless the entire Gleason family
during your time of loss.

Edward Walker

January 20, 2019

I was fortunate to have Dr. Gleason for the second semester of Political Science in Summer 1975. Even though nearly 44 years have passed since that summer, I still remember his passion for the subject and his interest in the students understanding of the material. He was a Democrat through and through but he didn't push that agenda. This was in the days before PowerPoint was even conceived; yet, the class was just as rich. He was a true professor.

Dr. Gleason's example has been a large part of the model that I try to use in my own career as a professor. My only regret is that I never took time to call him and tell him just how much he inspired me. He was a great man in his role as a husband, father, and professor. May he find eternal rest in God's presence and may his children find comfort in the legacy of love that he left for them. Grace, Peace, and Blessings.

Edward R. Walker, PhD, CPA
The University of Central Oklahoma

Ralph Nance

January 19, 2019

It's been my absolute honor to have Dr. Gleason as Lauren's and Jacob's "No. 1 fan" for the past four years.
As their music and choir director, I could see this fine grandfather's love shining in his eyes, his sweet smile, and his ever-ready camera, catching the students and the choir in wonderful and joyous ways. I had many opportunities to do so, since he never missed a single concert or event. He will be very, very missed by me, in my own little way. I know your loss is infinitely greater, and for that I can only commend you to God's loving heart and hands. Thank you, God, for this man who incarnated the word