In Memory

Richard E James - Class Of 1943

Richard E James

Dr. Richard James died September 4, 1998 in Lake Oswego, Oregon, of myelo-fibrosis.  He was 73.

Dr. James was born March 12, 1925 in South Pasadena, California.  During World War II he was a P-51 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his dental degree from Howard University.  He moved to Portland in 1969 and had a private practice for 20 years before his retirement in 1989.  He was a past vice president of Raleigh Hills Kiwanis Club.

Richard formed and held together a group of SPHS alumni who gathered together every summer in late July with their spouses at his home in Lake Oswego to reminisce, play golf, bridge, and dine.  This group of about 10 to 12 boys and two girls have remained in close contact since childhood, some as in Richard's case from kindergarten at Oneonta.  They came every year from Southern California to Alaska and in between and rarely missed a reunion.

He is survived by his wife Madeline; daughter Rebecca, and one granddaughter.