James Robert Stephen (’65)

James Robert Stephen, 81, of Houston passed away Monday, February 24, 2020. Jim was born on February 10, 1939 in Goldthwaite, TX to James John Stephen and Roberta Mayo Stephen. He is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gloria Stephen and his son, James Todd Stephen. He is also survived by his sister, Joan Little; brother-in-law, Bart Little; and their family. At the age of 5 he moved with his family to Robstown in south Texas, where his father served as the town doctor. Jim attended the University of Texas for his undergraduate work as a zoology major and the University of Houston, where he completed his graduate studies and earned his license to practice pharmacy. He spent his 50-plus year career working as a pharmacist in the Houston area. Mr. Stephen was an avid reader with a particular interest in World War II history. He was a charter member of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA and the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, TX, the boyhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. He enjoyed outdoor activities, spending time in nature as well as practicing amateur photography. He attended photographic seminars in a variety of places from west Texas to Acadia National Park in Maine. One of his favorite nature adventures was an Earthwatch expedition to Australia, where he helped a team “tag” kangaroos and band birds to track them. The Stephen family will be present to receive visitors Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 3 PM until 5 PM at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079. Funeral Services will be held at Dettling Funeral Home Monday, March 2, 2020 at 2 PM. Mr. Stephen will be laid to rest in Memorial Oaks Cemetery following services. Cemetery Details Memorial Oaks Cemetery 13001 Katy Freeway Houston, TX, 77079

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