Class of 1959
Departed ~ July 2013 ~ Cancer
Class of 1962
Departed ~ January 20, 2008
Ke-Yi “Jim” Hsieh
HSIEH, Ke-Yi “Jim”The fourth child of Haoling and Janie Lee born on June 2, 1944 in Chongqing, China, died unexpectedly on January 24, 2008, at home in Franklin, TN. He was a resident of Nashville and Williamson County for over 37 years with deep roots. His friends were everywhere. Jim is preceded in death by his parents; son, Erich R. “Yobi” Hsieh from former wife Barbara Ramsey. He is survived by sons, Brent and Loren Hsieh from first wife Carolyn Hall; sisters, Nancy Kuo of West Lafayette, IN and Lucy Yuan of Palo Alto, CA; brother, Johnny Hsieh of Tucson, AZ. Jim had a successful career as an independent commercial artist and illustrator, and was committed to teaching in Adult Literacy Programs. His joyful response to life through his art, music, humor, love of children, food, and service to others in different stations of life, have touched many and will stay with us. A memorial gathering to celebrate Jim’s life will be 2 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2008 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 4800 Belmont Park Terrace, Nashville Rev. Randy Hoover-Dempsey officiating. Rev. Will Campbell will provide a remembrance. Bring your families, children, pictures, stories and music. View Jim’s work and life at www.gemihsieh.com.
Seeking Information about Jim Hsieh’s Artwork
Sue Pearcy Sherer
Class of 1958
Maiden name: Pearcy
Years attended ISB:
It is with regret that I have to inform you that Sue died on 10 February 2007 after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis. She is survived by her husband, Paul, four children and seven grandchildren and also her brother Mark, class of 1968.
Please send pictures (old and new), anecdotes, articles, stories and tributes to isbeings at gmail.com
Departed ~ September 15, 2004
Gilbert M. Hair passed away on September 15, 2004 at Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida after a long fight against cancer. He was 63 years old. He is survived by his daughter Nicole Hair Vasbinder, his mother Jane MacMahon Hair Jantzen, his brothers Robert J. Janzten Jr. and Michael G. Jantzen, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Hair was born in Manila, Philippine Islands on March 16, 1941. In early 1942 he and his mother were put into Japanese prison camp. His father, John MacGavin Hair, was a British subject and volunteered for the American Army. He was captured by the Japanese Army and eventually died aboard a Japanese POW “hell ship”. After Gil and his mother were liberated in 1945 his mother married Robert J. Jantzen and the family lived in Singapore and Thailand.
After serving in the Marine Corps he started his career in the airline industry, working for Pan American World Airways and Continental Airlines. He went on to become a stockbroker and investment banker before founding the Center For Internee Rights in 1991 where he fought for the rights of civilian prisoners of the Japanese during World War II. He was an alumnus of Mercersburg Academy, International School of Bangkok, American University and Pacific Western University and was active throughout his life in various civic and social organizations.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 4pm at the Church by the Sea in Bal Harbour, Florida. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to American Ex-Prisoners of War.
Robert C. Jacobs
Class of 1959
Departed 6 June 2004
Years attended ISB: 1956-1958
Dear ISB Friends:
A death is always saddening to report. This death is particularly so, as this one-time ISB student was gunned down and apparently beheaded by Muslim extremists in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Robert Jacobs, lSB Class of 1959 (he attended approximately 1956-1958) was shot dead in the garage of his residence in Riyadh on Tuesday, June 8th. The event was videotaped and run on a sympathetic website; portions were also shown on al-Jazeera TV, based in Quatar. The clip shows Bob being shot 10 times, then the motion of him being beheaded, although this has not been confirmed. Two or three men were involved, and one or two of them are said to be among those killed or apprehended by Saudi authorities over the last couple of days.
I was in Bob Jacobs’ class of ’59 at 1SB, and we got together a few times after we were both back in the Washington, DC area in 1959-60. I spoke with him in about 1997 by phone at his home in Murphysboro, IL and found that he was planning to leave soon for work in Saudi Arabia. I called his home in 2000 to let him know about the Williamsburg, VA reunion, and reached one of his sons who informed me that he was in Saudia Arabia.
I am enclosing some material from the internet that may be of interest.
Bill Brink ISB ’59
The Southern Illinoisan – MURPHYSBORO MAN KILLED IN SAUDI ARABIA
Class of 1961
Departed~ 16 January 2000
Complications related to MS
To Whom it May Concern,
I am Suzanne Marston (Borck)’s (class of 1961) son, Jay Borck. I recently received in the mail a request for more information on my Mother.
My Mother passed away January 16, 2000 due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis. She was 56 and is survived by two daughters, Kimberly and Amity, a son Jay, and 8 Grandchildren.
My Mother loved ISB and would talk with us often of her love for Thailand. I would love to visit one day and see where my Mother went to High School. Please keep me informed of Alumnae events of her classmates via this email address or my family’s home mailing address:
Departed 1976 ~ Heart Failure