In Memory

Jason James

Jason James

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03/30/09 02:36 PM #1    

Andy Leung (Leung)

Date Deceased: Feb.-28-1998
Age at Death: 26
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
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Classmate Country: France
Survived By: Parents Roger & Topsy, brother Martin, and sister Katherine

Jason Christopher James grew up in Greensboro, actively participating in the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts. Jason graduated from Grimsley High School in 1989. He attended Georgetown University on a Naval ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree from the Georgetown’s School of Foreign Affairs in 1993. Always seeking to go to new places and have new experiences, Jason was a frequent traveler both within the United Stated and abroad. He participated in the Jamboree program in Greensboro which enabled him to travel to Australia. While at Georgetown, Jason volunteered at Freedom House, an international rights organization and also studied in Belgium for a semester. For the next several years, Jason served as a Naval Officer on the west coast, stationed in ports in the San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle areas. In 1997 Jason took a position with the Navy in France where he was teaching English to French Naval officers. Jason died in France on February 28, 1998 in an automobile accident. The Jason Christopher James Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 by several of his classmates to honor Jason and to help us remember and celebrate his wonderful enthusiasm for life. The scholarships are awarded to students residing in Guilford County with preference given to those who plan to pursue a career in politics or international affairs. Each Spring, we travel back to North Carolina to interview high school candidates and award the scholarship. In the past we have awarded $1,000 annually, and this year for the first time we presented a $2,000 award. We hope to build the scholarship fund to an amount that will be self-sustaining via annual interest generated, and to an amount that will be even more significant to the scholarship recipients in this age of increasing higher education costs. If you would like to help honor Jason and contribute to this scholarship fund, please visit and type in "Jason James Memorial Scholarship Fund" to make a donation. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please feel free to contact Mark DeVries, Jared Forminard or Brian Searls. Thank you for your support and for honoring Jason's memory.

05/26/09 02:20 PM #2    

Reeve Gutsell

Thank you for posting this - I had no idea. What a sad turn of events! I wish his family well.

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