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James Herron (Jim) Halsey M.D. Jr.
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In memory of
James Herron (Jim) Halsey M.D. Jr.
James (Jim) Herron Halsey, Jr, M.D., peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 85. Jim was born on September 3, 1933 in Paris, France to parents James Herron Halsey, Sr. and Julia Walker Halsey. Jim lived his formative years in Bridgeport, CT with his parents and brothers John Easton Halsey and George Rogers Halsey. The Halseys were an intellectual, academically driven household, influenced by the patriarch who was the University of Bridgeport President and later Chancellor. James and Julia Halsey often entertained and collaborated with students on an international scale. Jim Halsey would go on to maintain this tradition of academic excellence throughout his entire life while promoting the same for others. Jim received his medical degree at Yale and trained in neurology at North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, now a part of UNC. His training was interrupted by service in the US Air Force Medical Corps from 1961-1963, where he held the rank of Captain. He joined the faculty of UAB as an Instructor in 1965, and over 7 years rose to the rank of Professor. He was appointed Director of the Division of Neurology in 1972 and named Chairman of the newly established Department of Neurology in 1974, holding this position until 1985. In 1992 he relocated to Columbia University and served as an attending physician at Presbyterian Hospital in New York. In 2001, he returned to UAB and resumed his clinical practice in stroke, headache, and general neurology. Dr. Halsey presented research findings at medical conferences world-wide and published more than 80 peer reviewed articles in his fields. He served as a teacher, mentor, and colleague for generations of medical students, residents and other trainees, and provided outstanding and compassionate care to a vast number of patients over the years. He remained until very recently an active member of the UAB neurology community, regularly attending Grand Rounds and department events. While Jim has been honored for many accomplishments, he often said his greatest pride were his children, John Walker Halsey (Ashley), and Kathryn Halsey Mitchell (Reggie) with his former wife Grace Esther Halsey (deceased 1999). John and Kathryn both currently reside with their respective families in Birmingham. Jim's four grandchildren are Walker Eidson Mitchell (15), Kathryn Grace Halsey (14), Julia Minge Mitchell (14), and William Herron Halsey (13). They have a beautiful and enduring legacy in the memory of their "Oompa." They each captured Jim's heart from the day they were born. Beth Buzby Halsey, devoted wife, has been his loving partner and companion for 14 years. She too is a retired college professor with equal passion for academics and learning. Beth held Jim's hand so beautifully throughout these years. Dr. Halsey is preceded in death by his father and mother, James Herron Halsey, Sr. and Julia Walker Halsey. They would both be extremely proud of the greatness achieved by their first born. Throughout his life and now in death, Jim Halsey exemplified true humility, dignity, leadership, and selfless dedication to God and all others. His was a life far beyond "well lived." Not one second of his 85 years was wasted. It is impossible to count the many lives influenced by Jim both personally and professionally. He encouraged the students he trained to reach their potential and flourish. Thousands of neurology patients have witnessed his very kind and often humorous bedside manner. The life of Jim Halsey is a perfect testimony of endless devotion and service to God, family, friends, and fellow man. May generations to come celebrate his lifetime achievements and accomplishments while striving to emulate them. Jim, we are all eternally grateful you embraced your God given purpose. Our hearts are sad but we all smile because we knew and loved you. For this we rejoice. Rest well Good Doctor! In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to the James Halsey Memorial Scholarship Fund at UAB, Attention Brian Hagan, 1720 2nd Avenue South, AB 1230, Birmingham, AL 35294-0012. 205-934-7242 OR at online at www.uab.edu/give/Halsey . The James Halsey Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 by the Halsey family in loving memory of Jim Halsey, who left the world much better than the way he found it. A memorial service and celebration of life is planned for Monday, February 25, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at the UAB National Alumni Society House located at 1301 10th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL. 35205.
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04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
UAB National Alumni Society House
1301 10th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
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In memory of
James Herron (Jim) Halsey M.D. Jr.
James (Jim) Herron Halsey, Jr, M.D., peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 85. Jim was born on September 3, 1933 in Paris, France to parents James Herron Halsey, Sr. and Julia Walker Halsey. Jim lived his formative years in Bridgeport, CT with his parents and brothers John Easton Halsey and George Rogers Halsey. The Halseys were an intellectual, academically driven household, influenced by the patriarch who was the University of Bridgeport President and later Chancellor. James and Julia Halsey often entertained and collaborated with students on an international scale. Jim Halsey would go on to maintain this tradition of academic excellence throughout his entire life while promoting the same for others. Jim received his medical degree at Yale and trained in neurology at North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, now a part of UNC. His training was interrupted by service in the US Air Force Medical Corps from 1961-1963, where he held the rank of Captain. He joined the faculty of UAB as an Instructor in 1965, and over 7 years rose to the rank of Professor. He was appointed Director of the Division of Neurology in 1972 and named Chairman of the newly established Department of Neurology in 1974, holding this position until 1985. In 1992 he relocated to Columbia University and served as an attending physician at Presbyterian Hospital in New York. In 2001, he returned to UAB and resumed his clinical practice in stroke, headache, and general neurology. Dr. Halsey presented research findings at medical conferences world-wide and published more than 80 peer reviewed articles in his fields. He served as a teacher, mentor, and colleague for generations of medical students, residents and other trainees, and provided outstanding and compassionate care to a vast number of patients over the years. He remained until very recently an active member of the UAB neurology community, regularly attending Grand Rounds and department events. While Jim has been honored for many accomplishments, he often said his greatest pride were his children, John Walker Halsey (Ashley), and Kathryn Halsey Mitchell (Reggie) with his former wife Grace Esther Halsey (deceased 1999). John and Kathryn both currently reside with their respective families in Birmingham. Jim's four grandchildren are Walker Eidson Mitchell (15), Kathryn Grace Halsey (14), Julia Minge Mitchell (14), and William Herron Halsey (13). They have a beautiful and enduring legacy in the memory of their "Oompa." They each captured Jim's heart from the day they were born. Beth Buzby Halsey, devoted wife, has been his loving partner and companion for 14 years. She too is a retired college professor with equal passion for academics and learning. Beth held Jim's hand so beautifully throughout these years. Dr. Halsey is preceded in death by his father and mother, James Herron Halsey, Sr. and Julia Walker Halsey. They would both be extremely proud of the greatness achieved by their first born. Throughout his life and now in death, Jim Halsey exemplified true humility, dignity, leadership, and selfless dedication to God and all others. His was a life far beyond "well lived." Not one second of his 85 years was wasted. It is impossible to count the many lives influenced by Jim both personally and professionally. He encouraged the students he trained to reach their potential and flourish. Thousands of neurology patients have witnessed his very kind and often humorous bedside manner. The life of Jim Halsey is a perfect testimony of endless devotion and service to God, family, friends, and fellow man. May generations to come celebrate his lifetime achievements and accomplishments while striving to emulate them. Jim, we are all eternally grateful you embraced your God given purpose. Our hearts are sad but we all smile because we knew and loved you. For this we rejoice. Rest well Good Doctor! In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to the James Halsey Memorial Scholarship Fund at UAB, Attention Brian Hagan, 1720 2nd Avenue South, AB 1230, Birmingham, AL 35294-0012. 205-934-7242 OR at online at www.uab.edu/give/Halsey . The James Halsey Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 by the Halsey family in loving memory of Jim Halsey, who left the world much better than the way he found it. A memorial service and celebration of life is planned for Monday, February 25, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at the UAB National Alumni Society House located at 1301 10th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL. 35205.
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04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
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1301 10th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
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