James Moody (1959)

Profile Updated: December 21, 2022
Residing In: Burleson, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Karen Rudolph Moody
Occupation: Retired Journalist; environmental activist
Children: Shellie, born 1966; Michael, born 1973

My wife of 59 years, Karen Rudolph Moody, Class of '59, died Nov. 11, 2019. I’m still in grief therapy. My BA degrees in English & history are from UTA. Editor, publisher/partner in group of award-winning community newspapers until retirement. Avid environmentalist & Sierra Club member for 30 years. Led more than 70 SC backpacking trips and week-long service projects to Texas nat’l parks. Winner of Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club Outings Leader of the Year & Environmental Reporting awards. Three times named to SC Honor Roll of National Leaders. Interests: family activities, playing guitar, listening to music (classic country, '50s-mid-'60s rock 'n' roll, classical & classical guitar), reading, photography, liberal politics. Texas Longhorn fanatic🤘

School Story:

I was immediately taken with a new girl who enrolled late in our senior year and entered Coach Turner’s study hall. My prayers were answered when she was assigned the empty chair at my table. I was anxious to know her name. Too anxious. Coach Turner called us out for talking, drew two circles on the chalkboard and told us to each stand with our nose in the circle. I had to stand on tiptoes but managed to steal a look to see how the new girl was faring. She and Coach Turner were simply having a conversation. He didn’t humiliate her the way he did me. I was glad. I’d already shown my ineptitude at making a favorable first impression. I was sure she’d never speak to me again. But she did. We were married 59 years before she died of cancer Nov. 11, 2019. I miss her so much.

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Jun 19, 2023 at 12:50 PM

Been a tough few years. I’’m currently in remission from leukemia but had a dozen major surgeries within the last 7-8 years and covid last year. Took care of my mom in our home the last 10 years of her life and did the same for my wife for a year or so when she had multiple cancers. I prefer to take care of those I love when they need it. My wife died 31/2 years ago but I still have a hard time dealing with it and I’m often depressed although in grief counseling. Been an active church volunteer since Karen passed and that, along with family and friends, has been a blessing but I still suffer from depression.

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