Associate Professor of Education James L. Hagemeyer died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 23, at his home in Fostoria. He was 65.
Jim joined the Heidelberg University in 1983 and became the university’s only art professor. During his tenure, he taught all of the art courses and managed the Art Department. He was beloved by the several generations of students who learned to appreciate and love art because of his example and enthusiasm.
In addition to teaching, Jim led three delegations to China to teach at Tianjin Normal University. He also created and implemented a summer art enrichment program, called Summer Challenge, for local children. On many occasions, Jim led “art walks” to show Heidelberg’s art collection to campus visitors. He was instrumental in organizing the various displays of artwork in campus facilities.
He is survived by his wife, Diane (Krawetzke) Hagemeyer; two children, James Ashley Hagemeyer and Jodi A. Richardson; four grandchildren; and his mother, Alice (Klein) Hagemeyer.
A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Jim taught art at Fremont High School before joining the Heidelberg faculty.
A memorial service is being planned on campus at a later date. We will share that information when it is finalized.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Heidelberg-Tianjin exchange program at Heidelberg.