|Sharon Wood Greenfield
||1978 - 1981
||Sharon now lives in Colonie, New
York and teaches Special Education in a large city school district.
||January 16, 1978 - June 1979
||Robert grew up in Edwards and now
lives in Moriah Center NY.
|James D. Wagner
||History, Social Sciences Teacher, Class Advisor
||PERTH, Western Australia —
Dr. James Durrell Wagner, beloved husband of Gülten, much loved
father of Suzan, esteemed father-in-law of Peter and adored
grandfather of Jaslyn and Ella, peacefully passed away on April
1, 2012, in Perth, Western Australia.
known as Jim, was a native of Danville, PA., and the only child
of John W. Wagner and Harriet E. Wagner. His father John operated
a well established and respected auto and body works shop in
a converted silk mill on 1100 Bloom Road, Danville, from 1935
until his retirement in the late 1960s. Jim’s mother Harriet
was descendant of two distinguished families: Eckman and Shipman
in Danville and Sunbury areas. From mother’s side he was
related to the Civil War hero Colonel Charles W. Eckman.
Jim graduated from Danville High School in 1950 and later
obtained his bachelor’s (1954) and master’s (1958)
degrees at Bucknell University where his grandmother Lizzy Shipman
attended the women’s college, then called, the Female
Institute in 1887. After graduating from Bucknell University,
Jim briefly worked as a code breaker at the National Security
Agency in Washington D.C., as part of his military service during
the Korean War.
In 1958, Jim took a position, as history
teacher at Edwards Central School, N.Y. Jim established a Chapter
of the American Field Service (AFS), a leading international
high school student exchange program, at the Edwards Central
School. Jim, as the president of the AFS’s Edwards Chapter,
has enabled many students from Edwards Central School to study
abroad as well as has provided an opportunity to many Edwards
families to host international students. He also organized an
outstandingly successful international world’s fair for
Edwards Central School, N.Y. in 1962 involving large community
participation. Jim was a brilliant teacher who kept in touch
with his ex-students throughout his life.
months, Jim continued to take courses at Bucknell University
where he met his future wife Gülten, a Fulbright student from
Turkey at Bucknell University’s Foreign Institute orientation
program. For two summers Jim and Gülten worked at Bucknell as
the head and as the assistant counselors.
In 1965, Jim
took a position with the United States Aid (USAID) program in
Nigeria to teach at the University of Ibadan’s International
School — moving there with his wife and baby daughter
Suzan. After a stint of nine years’ teaching in Ibadan,
Nigeria, Jim returned to Connecticut University with his family
to start his PhD studies in educational administration. He wrote
the first seminal doctorate on the International Baccalaureate
which has now became a well-merited global international elementary
and secondary school curricula program.
In 1980, Jim
relocated to Perth, Australia, with his family to teach management
at the Edith Cowan University until his retirement in 2001.
Jim was a humanist, a visionary and a creative genius who
has always considered the welfare of others first. He has lived
by the motto of “Non sibi sed orbi” — ‘not
for self but for the whole world’ which has been attributed
to his maternal Shipment family. All his life Jim set an example
by his cheerfulness and friendliness. He was held in esteem
by his community and friends. Jim will be sadly missed by family
and friends around the world.
He is survived by his wife
Gülten Wagner; their daughter, Suzan Debra Wagner, and two granddaughters,
Jaslyn Belle and Ella Wagner-Venn, all residents of Perth, Western
Jim Wagner had been a Renaissance
man and a humanist who was concerned with the interests and
welfare of human beings. He had been a supporter and collector
of arts - including African masks, Australian paintings and
a lover of classic cars!