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accents on english | fall 17-spring 18

James Ney (1932-2017)

Editors' note: some information in this piece adapted from an Arizona Republic obituary published June 4, 2017.

James "Jim" Ney, professor emeritus, passed away peacefully May 30, 2017 at the age of 84. Ney held an MA in theology from Wheaton College and EdD in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. He had a long and productive faculty career in the Department of English at ASU before retirement. He was internationally known in the field of TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and his teaching and research took him and the family around the world.

Ney was born in Kenya, Africa, on July 28, 1932 where he lived until age 7. His family moved to Nanaimo, BC, Canada, where he grew up in the outdoors, sailing, fishing, and hiking—passions that stayed with him for life. He was a long-time member of the Arizona Yacht Club, and his later pursuits reflected this interest. In 2007, he gave a lecture as part of the Department of English's emeritus series, "Mysticism and Sailing Lake Pleasant."