James Adam Lahren

November 24, 1935 - August 21, 2008
James Adam Lahren


James Adam Lahren, of Holden Beach died at his home on Thursday, August 21, 2008 following a valiant fight against metastatic cancer.

He was the beloved husband of MaryLou, and son of the late William and Mathilda Lahren. He is survived by four children, James Adam Lahren, Jr., LeeAnn Lahren, Linda Moskowitz and Tricia Lahren; eight grandchildren, Julia Lahren, Matthew Lahren, Ella Grace Waytena, Callen Waytena, John Patrick Hutchison, Ryan Hutchison, Kevin Hutchison, and David Stone and sister Betty Brumfield.

He was predeceased by two sons, David and Theodore and daughter Stacey.

Dr. Lahren earned his doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Buffalo and had been a faculty member of the State University of New York for twenty seven years, 12 of which he was Professor, Vocational Technical Education at the SUNY College at Buffalo. For an adjunct career he joined the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines as an Education Specialist where his experience included project work in 19 countries. Dr. Lahren’s most recent assignment was with DHV Consultants, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 9:00am Friday, August 29, 2008 at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Highway W. in Shallotte.

In lieu of flowers, donations for a memorial fund to build a classroom for needy children in the Philippines may be sent to Feed the Hungry, Inc., 19110 Daltons Place, Leesburg, VA 20176. www.feedthehungryphil.org

Condolences may be made to the family at www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com

Wilmington Burial and Cremation 1535 S. 41st street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • August 27, 2008
    Danielle Donaphin says:
    I am saddened by the news of Jim's father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the Lahren family. May he rest in peace.

  • September 21, 2008
    Karla Manzella says:
    Dear Lahren Family, Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days. I loved Mr. Lahren very much and can only imagine how much you all will miss him. God bless you, Karla

  • September 07, 2008
    Gerry van der Linden says:
    Jim and I worked together for several years in the 1980s in ADB's education division. I came to know him as a fine professional and a great human being. My condolences to MaryLou and his children and grandchildren. Jim will never be forgotten. Gerry

  • September 05, 2008
    Arie says:
    Mrs. Lahren and family, I am very proud of him, he is a wise, calm, very kind and hardworker boss. I assist him as a temporery secretary in preparing PCR for Higher Education Project under ADB Loan. My deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • September 04, 2008
    Dian Prijomustiko says:
    Dear Mrs. Lahren, My deepest sympaties, thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Mr. Lahren dedicated to education in Indonesia for years. May he rest in peace forever in the bosom of the Lord. Dian SP