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James Robert Child

January 29, 1925October 29, 2019

James Robert Child was born on January 29, 1925 and passed away on October 29, 2019.


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Gerd Brendel

November 7, 2019

James's workshops on Text Typology have left many vivid memories shared by the Text Typology community at the Defense Language Institute. Your memory will always live on among teachers and testers at the DLIFLC. Thank you James for sharing your knowledge. Rest in peace.

Beth Mackey

November 5, 2019

I loved working with Jim. You couldn't ask for a more patient teacher and mentor. He challenged me every day -- never giving solutions but always presenting me with avenues to discover and learn. Although at one point he had to accept delivery of a computer to his desk, he never used it -- never even used a typewriter that I saw... everything was handwritten, on yellow legal-sized paper. Even all these years after he retired, I've still squirreled away one of his boxes as a memento-- with a few of his handwritten papers and notes inside.

Even after he retired, he never gave up checking in, calling to find out how I was doing and what was going on with me. For a long time, he would drive up to Elkridge and meet me, Pardee and Bill for lunch at Ruby Tuesday's so I didn't have to miss much work. Lunch was always followed with a bowl of ice cream for dessert. He always asked how "my" James was, and what my "Katherine with a K" was up to.

Jim was our faithful servant: Husband, father, colleague and friend. He did so much for our nation, for our church, and for all those whose lives he touched. Peace!

Anne Child

November 5, 2019

Remembering my father this week has been both painful and lovely. We were spoiled to have him as many years as we did, and it makes letting go that much harder. I play back my saved voicemails, talk to him during prayers and throughout the day, and am filled with appreciation for having such a wonderful father. He was the smartest person I ever met, and also one of the wisest and kindest, with a great sense of humor...a rare combination. I know he is traveling freely and joyfully in an enlightened state of life, but will miss him terribly until we meet again.
Much Love to you Dad,

(My father’s full obituary will appear this Wednesday with Washington Post’s death notices).

Renée Meyer

November 1, 2019

I adored Jim Child, and he led us all with his intellect, brilliance, humor and patience. His poetry hangs in frames all over my home, and he kept many cracks from running down the wall. Indeed, we would quote that poem together and all of us would laugh. He conceived and developed the very essence of what the United States Government now calls its foreign language levels, and he inspired and taught us all to understand and evaluate the art of translation. The most charming and kind of men, Jim will always be in our hearts and forever leading our country's ongoing foreign language initiatives through his work. He is with his beloved Peter now, and I am so happy for them both. The stars are brighter at night, but our world has lost a hero who fought at the Battle of the Bulge and understood what it truly meant to live. His noema is stronger now than ever.