OBITUARY

James Frederick Wortman

March 7, 1940November 13, 2014

James “Jim” Frederick Wortman, 74, of League City passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Jim was born on March 7, 1940 in New York City as the only child of the late Frederick and Mary Wortman. Jim graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Manhattan College in New York City and a Master’s degree in Education from Temple University in Philadelphia. Jim was a true family man who knew the importance of education. He encouraged and supported all of his children to achieve their educational goals. This support was apparent in his children achieving success in the banking, accounting, hospitality and biology industries. When he wasn’t working, Jim loved to travel. Jim’s expertise in the casino gaming industry provided him the opportunity to travel to four continents. Jim’s favorite travel destination was Germany where his mother was born. His second favorite location was France. For ten years, Jim escorted students from the University of Houston, to France to experience the culture and study the casino and hospitality industry in Europe. Jim served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force between 1962 and 1964. After leaving the service he took a position with the Vinland, NJ YMCA as their athletic director. During the mid-1970’s he moved into the field of education as a faculty member and then the Athletic Director at Atlantic Community College in Mays Landing, NJ. This was the beginning of a long career in higher education. In the 1980’s the casino industry came to Atlantic City where Jim took a job as a dealer and quickly moved up to the position of Casino Administrator at several casinos. Jim was asked to return to Atlantic Community College as the Director of the Casino Career Institute. The years spent in the casino industry made him a valuable addition to the Conrad Hilton College where he spent the last eighteen years of his career teaching casino gaming and hospitality. Jim is survived by his loving wife Janet Wortman of League City, and five children; Steven Wortman and fiancé Cheryl Gmuer of Dover DE; Kim Brownell and husband David of Deptford, NJ; Jennifer McDermott and husband Garrison of Ocean City, NJ; Christine Garland and husband Mark of Egg Harbor Township, NJ; and Joy Tucci and husband Paul of Galloway, NJ. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Blake and Zachary Bickford of Temecula, CA; Christian McDermott of Ocean City, NJ; and Johnathan and Matthew Garland of Egg Harbor Township, NJ. A viewing will be held at Forest Part East Funeral Home in Webster, TX between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 followed by a graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Conrad Hilton College at the University of Houston.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, November 19, 2014
REMEMBERING

James Frederick Wortman

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Bob & Suz Thomason

November 21, 2014

May God bless and keep our brother Jim close now and forever. He is a part of our lives and in our hearts. What a wonderful guy. We shall truly miss him.

Akash Grover

November 21, 2014

Brandon Wall

November 21, 2014

I am very saddened by this news. Mr. Wortman was one of my favorite professors to talk to while at UH and during my student career, he offered lots of advice and never minced words. He taught me that accountability and integrity were very valuable and while he didn't say much, it had much impact. My condolences and prayers to your family in this time of loss.

Bart

November 20, 2014

My sincere condolences to the family. Mr. Wortman was an excellent educator. His classes were always informative but more importantly, they were fun! He had a great passion for the gaming industry and was a huge asset to the college. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Tina Bolten HRMA 2007

November 20, 2014

An amazing man with a heart of gold. Of all the time at UH can't remember many professor, WORTMAN unforgettable. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

November 19, 2014

While my time spent with Prof. Wortman was brief, it was also very lasting. My condolences and prayers go out to the Wortman family.

Akash Grover

November 19, 2014

Over the past decade, I have been a student, colleague and friend of Professor Wortman's. Through his life experiences and stories he shaped the journey and touched the life of each and every student to step foot into his classroom. Professor Wortman will be greatly missed and my prayers are with his family.

Kristen Sophia Rosales

November 19, 2014

Professor Wortman was a great teacher and a good mentor to me during my early years studying at the Hilton College. He had always given me good as well as practical advice on how to excel as a hospitality professional. I will always remember him fondly and may God comfort his family. Go with God Dr. Wortman.

John Bowen

November 19, 2014

Jim was a great colleague, teacher and friend. His students loved him and he loved his students. Jim would often receive emails and calls from former students that were working in industry. They called him because they were proud of the promotion they had just received and wanted to thank him for what he taught them that lead to the promotion. This is the highest compliment a teacher can receive. Jim will be missed and fondly remembered.

Marie Christine Bonneau

November 19, 2014

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