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James Wilhelm

December 16, 2012
Morning Journal News

SALEM - Dr. James Jerome Wilhelm, 80, died Early Thursday morning, December 13, 2012 at Pleasant View North Retirement Center after a long illness.

Dr. Wilhelm was born February 2, 1932 in Youngstown, a son of the late James Wilhelm and Ruth Schreckenghost Southerland. As a young child, he and his mother moved to Seattle, WA.

He was a graduate of St. Anne's High School in Seattle. He received a scholarship to Yale and earned his bachelor's degree in 1954, graduating valedictorian of his class. He later went on and received his doctorate in philosophy. Dr. Wilhelm worked as a professor at Rutgers University for over 40 years, retiring in 1997. Professor Wilhelm was an author of twenty-plus books and a world renowned scholar of Ezra, Pound, Dante, and medieval literature. Professor Wilhelm will always be remembered as a man who loved to learn and teach, always trying to give back to his students in any way that he could. He moved back to this area in October of 2002 after suffering a series of strokes.

A private graveside service was held for the family. Interment was at Lowellville Cemetery.

His family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Pleasant View North Retirement Center for the special care they gave to Professor Wilhelm.

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