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James A. Talvitie (Skyline)




Dr. James Alan Talvitie.

Jim was born on April 13, 1945 to Niilo A. and Daisy J. Talvitie. He graduated from Skyline High School in 1963, serving as the Secretary of the Senior Class. He was in the Model U.N. Club. Jim won several awards at Skyline including the Sterling Scholar Nominee in Social Studies, National Merit Scholar, and the Elk's Leadership Nominee. He was an active member of the Debate club, winning the.Superior Award at State Forensics Meet and the Weber College Debate Award. His debating skills served him well in his later academic years in philosophy. He was also an Eagle Scout that year.

Upon graduation, Jim attended the University of Chicago and studied psychology. He received a full fellowship at Clark University in Massachusetts and received his masters in Clinical Psychology. Jim decided that he wanted to pursue a different direction for his Ph.D., so he attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and completed his doctorate in philosophy.

While in Vanderbilt he met and married Henrietta Deveer. Unfortunately his marriage ended in divorce and Jim never married again.

He became an Associate with the American Management Systems (AMS), a high tech company that had a global presence. In 1989 Jim suffered a massive heart attack and became a candidate for a heart transplant. However, that did not stop Jim. He continued to work and by his death on January 21, 1999.

He had traveled in 37 countries and worked overseas in multiple countries. Jim died as he lived, enjoying life the best he could by taking dancing lessons in Ecuador while on vacation.

His father, Niilo A. Talvitie, an officer in the Public Health Service, past away while Jim was in college, therefore Jim was survived by his mother, Daisy Talvitie (d. 2003), brother, Bill Talvitie, his sister, June Talvitie-Siple Ed.D., his nephew Erik Talvitie, Ph.D., and his niece, Jaana Siple, DPT, along with several cousins in California, Texas, and Finland.



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07/15/13 12:03 AM #1    

William Cordray

Many thanks to June Talvitie-Siple Ed.D., Jim's sister, who provided information for this obituary. She also sent the photo below of Jim on one of his many travels, just a few months before his last heart attack.


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