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James T. Webb, Sept. 14, 1939 - July 27, 2018

Tucson resident James T. Webb, Ph. D., founder and director emeritus of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted), former professor and associate dean, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, and president, Great Potential Press, Inc. has died.

The 78-year-old was on vacation July 27 in Rocky Point, Mexico, with family when he died.

Widely-known as "Jim," Dr. Webb was a frequent keynote and workshop speaker at gifted education and psychology conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He was the author or co-author of numerous articles and books, including the best-selling "A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children," "Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses," and "Searching for Meaning," a book to which he had a great attachment because it spoke of existential depression and the need for people to find light in the darkness of disillusionment.

Jim was passionate about many things. He was an avid pilot, traveller, husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague. As a psychologist, he was dedicated to furthering gifted education. In his free time he loved spending quality time with his family, scuba diving, volunteering for different causes and flying his plane. He provided unconditional love and support and gave the best hugs.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Janet Gore, and his daughters, Mary, Amy, Patty and Nadia, her daughters, Ellen and Anne, and their significant others and their six grandchildren. They loved him and will miss him dearly, as will his friends around the globe.

Based in Tucson, GPP publishes books and materials focusing on gifted and talented children and adults with a focus on social, emotional, and other issues that often occur among bright and creative people. It has won numerous awards for its books. Most recently, GPP won the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Award, a celebration of the best books published over the past year.

GPP author Lisa Van Gemert says "His tireless efforts benefitted the lives of tens of thousands, and he leaves a hole in our community that will likely never be filled. So many of us stand on his shoulders. The magnitude of his loss is indescribable and will be felt for many, many years to come."

— submitted obituary


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