Jocelyn Durkin James

Jocelyn James, Ph.D., 61, passed away on May 6, 2009, after a prolonged illness.  Dr. James lived most of her life in Albuquerque and was educated at the University of New Mexico.  She taught gifted and special education for many years in Albuquerque Public Schools, was an adjunct professor at UNM, and was also educational liaison during several state legislative sessions.  Jocelyn also lived and taught in Japan, teaching both elementary and adult students.  She owned and operated one of Albuquerque's first computer stores in the early 870's, with emphasis on the educational uses of computers.  Dr. James is survived by her mother, Ruth Durkin; her sisters, Cindy Stanley and family; Eileen Gertz and family; and by her daughter Halcyon Iris.  She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Bernard Durkin and her brother, SCB Frank Durkin.  A Memorial Service in the courtyard of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church will be held Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.  For information, please call (505) 261-1379 or (505) 345-8147, ext 11.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jocelyn's memory to the Jocelyn James Memorial Fund at St. Michael's.  Please make checks payable to Halcyon James, c/o St. Michael and All Angels; 601 Montano N.W., Albuquerque, New Mexico  87107

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday,  May 10, 2009