James Windes passed away April 24, 2019 in Tucson, AZ following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was a proud Arizona native. Although his parents, Bill and Mae Windes, lived in Globe, Arizona, Jim was born in Phoenix at St. Joseph hospital in 1937. The family lived in Douglas and El Paso, Texas before settling in Tempe where Jim finished grammar school and graduated from high school in 1955. He was very academic and received excellent grades. He received the Phelps Dodge Scholarship to attend Arizona State University less than a mile from his family home.
During college, Jim worked at the ASU bookstore where he met another native Arizonan, and Tempe Union High School graduate, who would soon become his wife. Jim and Judy (Benscoe) married at the chapel on the ASU campus when Jim graduated with a BA in philosophy. Judy started teaching elementary school while Jim went on with his studies. Jim was able to use his Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to attend the University of Minnesota. Upon returning to Arizona, Jim’s first son was born and he soon finished up his MA in philosophy at the University of Arizona. He was awarded a NASA fellowship and completed his PhD in psychology at U of A. He was proud of his thesis on the numerical Stroop effect and even more delighted to find that his work was still being cited recently. Shortly, after Jim’s daughter was born, he secured a teaching job at Northern Arizona University and moved the family to Flagstaff in 1966 where he worked as a psychology professor until 1996.
Jim and Judy worked hard making a life in Flagstaff. They added one last son to their family and built their dream home, where they would spend the next 22 years for a total of 30 years in Flagstaff. Both of them enjoyed the outdoors; taking their kids hiking, fishing, camping or on a picnic, or even walking the dogs or sitting in the backyard. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed reading, and working on his Macintosh computer.
Just shy of her 60th birthday, Judy died unexpectedly. Jim took early retirement from NAU and moved back to Tucson where all three of his kids were living. Jim moved into the Sunflower retirement community where he immersed himself in various activities and clubs. Jim especially enjoyed square dancing, which he did in Flagstaff and Tucson. He even liked doing the chair zumba late in life.
Jim remarried to Margaret “Maggie” Belanger in 2004. He and Maggie continued to participate in community activities as they both dealt with various medical issues that eventually necessitated a quick move into an assisted-living apartment. Further medical complications required separate moves into smaller assisted living homes. Margaret died in July 2016. Jim lived out his life in a beautiful southern Arizona setting where he could continue to enjoy the desert by sitting on the patio or taking short walks. He continued his favorite pastime of reading and working on his computer as his health allowed.
Jim is survived by his three kids: Bill (Suzanne) Windes, Jill (Tom) Feddersen and John (Jenny) Windes, as well as six grandchildren (Tucson) and younger brother, Robert, who lives in central Arizona. Jim was also predeceased by his parents and his younger brother, Donald Windes. Don’s son, Andrew (Tammy) Windes lives in Las Vegas, NV.
The family will have a private ceremony to be set at a later date. For those wishing to make an expression of sympathy, Jim was a lover of and long time supporter of NPR, if desired our family believes a donation made in his honor would be a fitting tribute.