James Gwin

Hamilton County

James Ellsworth Gwin died on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, peacefully and at home surrounded by his loving family.He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Elizabeth; and his father, Madison Taylor.Jim is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sheena Mackenzie; his two wonderful daughters, Colleen and Elizabeth, and his future son-in-law, Ian Puckett; by his sister, Jean Dake and her husband, David; two aunts, Betty Smith (Don) and Becky Kilmer (Richard); and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.Jim was born and raised in Chattanooga, graduated (BS) from the University of Chattanooga, received his MLS from Emory University and then began his professional career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It was at the Boatwright Memorial Library at the University of Richmond where he selflessly gave of his energy, his insights, and his knowledge, and where for 37 years he shared his love of learning with countless students in the library or in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Jim was a great mentor to many people. He also held several offices with the boards of the Virginia Library Association and the Potomac Technical Processing Librarians. Jim was a man of deep faith, and he served and worshipped at St. Pauls Episcopal Church. Jim took tremendous joy in trying new things, was respectful of and honored the past, and was tireless in his quest for learning, including receiving a MPA from Virginia Commonwealth University which he received in 1984. His ready store of information and amazing trivia on numerous subjects delighted and amazed those who knew him. His love of music and theater, and his pursuit and sharing of knowledge will be deeply missed, but his abiding love of family and friends will be a gift we will treasure forever.The family will receive visitors from 4 until 6 p.m. and from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013.A service of celebration for Jim's life will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday March 2.Visitation and service will take place at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 815 E. Grace St., Richmond, Va.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Jim's memory to the Friends of Boatwright Memorial Library, the Jim Jackson Scholarship Award (both at the University of Richmond), or to St. Pauls Episcopal Church.

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