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 24, 2008
    Johanna Cox-Littrell says:
    Jim and the rest of the Lahren family, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you are able to find solace in each other right now.

  • September 03, 2008
    Sophia Ho says:
    My deepest sympathy and condolences for Marylou and family. Jim was a true professional with sharp mind, a big heart and good humor. His big smile and positive attitude brightened every situation. His generous guidance helped me through my first years at ADB in 1993/4. We spent interesting and challenging times together on mission to Pakistan. I remembered he once took me and Alam to one of his favorite carpet dealers in Islamabad. He showed me an absolutely beautiful old carpet for $80, which he negotiated and told me I should buy it (he could not possibly find any more space in his home). I declined. He sighed and said to me, “Sophie, you are too young.” I did not understand nor agree back then. Now, I do and regret badly. I still imagined sometimes how it would be like having that runner in my home…. I am very blessed that our lives crossed though briefly. May Jim rest in peace and his kindness continue to live on.