University of Texas
James William "Jim" Jagger
August 25, 1925–October 17, 2017

 

 

Jim Jagger

 

James William "Jim" Jagger, 92, of Austin, Texas, passed on October 17, 2017, surrounded by loving family members. Jim was born on August 25, 1925, in Surrey, England to Florence (Osborn) Jagger and Arthur James Jagger. He attended South East Essex Technical College and graduated from Borough Polytechnic Institute, London England.

Jim is survived by his son, Peter Jagger; daughters, June Patricia Jagger and Diane Elizabeth Jagger Bollmeier; siblings, Honora Friday and Arthur Robert Jagger; grandchildren, Brittany Jagger, Christopher Jagger, Alison Kenyon, Megan Reneger, Joanna Kenyon, Kara Jagger-Miller, and Tammy De Los Santos; several great-grandchildren; and his dog, Jasper. Jim’s wife of 57 years, Eunice Irene Jagger, proceeded him in death on October 13, 2017. At right are Jim and Eunice at Peter Riley's retirement party.

Jim's first wife was Vera Mabbott. Jim and Vera had two children, June and Diane, both born in England. In 1951, the family sailed from London to Halifax on the RMS Ascania. They moved from England to Deep River, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada, where Jim accepted a job with the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories. There, he provided the technical support for a 200 keV accelerator studying nuclear reactions with Helium-3 and Hydrogen-3 with light elements. Jim writes of his time at Chalk River and Bernie Kinsey who would play an important role in Jim's future, "I've known Bernhard Kinsey for 44 years as a colleague and good friend. We first met in 1951, when I joined the Canadian Atomic Energy Research Center at Chalk River. At that time, Bernhard was a well-established senior research scientist with an international reputation, and as you might suppose, he was regarded with considerable awe by young engineers such as myself. However, Bernhard was a very likable person who made a point of putting people at their ease. During the four years I spent at Chalk River, I saw Bernie frequently although we worked in different fields, he in nuclear physics research, and I in engineering. I returned to Harwell England in 1955, and, later that year, I was very surprised to meet Bernie again; apparently, he had been posted to Harwell at about the same time. "

Sadly, it was the illness of Jim's wife, Vera, that made it necessary to return to England. They returned on the RMS Saxonia, arriving in Liverpool, October 19, 1954. Vera died in 1956.

For a short period of time while residing in England, Jim was a single father raising his two young daughters. Jim met his second wife, and the love of his life, Eunice Jagger, in Harwell, England, where they both worked for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. Eunice was born February 11, 1937 in Gosport, England to Eva Violet (Sendall) Harrison and Fredrick Harrison. Her siblings are Sue Warren and Sheila Young. She graduated from Gosport County Grammar School and later attended and graduated from the University of Texas School of Pharmacy. They were married in St. Thomas Church in Elson, Gosport, England in August of 1960.

Jim writes of his decision to move to Texas, "In 1957, Bernie was offered a position as professor of nuclear physics at the University of Texas, and, in 1959, he asked me to join him to help him with the commissioning of a large new nuclear physics laboratory that the Regents had agreed to build. (The family came to the US on September 14, 1960 on the MV Woltersum.—Mel Oakes).

" I worked closely with Kinsey until Kinsey's retirement in 1975. We have since remained firm friends. Bernie and his family welcomed my wife and me and our two daughters to Austin and were so helpful in helping us settle into our new life. He introduced us to some of the best things in Austin—the University of Texas, Barton Springs pool and the hills west of Austin. He later became godfather to my son."

Jim and Eunice Jagger,
Elson, Gosport, England,
August, 1960

Jim was naturalized on October 14, 1960. In addition to work in the nuclear lab, Jim later joined the Fusion Research Center as an engineer. Jim retired from the university in 1996. 

Jim was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time watching and participating in his children and grandchildren’s activities. He was an avid swimmer and bicyclist, and enjoyed voraciously reading about everything, particularly theoretical mathematics. He is remembered as a storyteller with an epic sense of humor, and also as somebody who was kind and gentle to everyone he met.

Eunice enjoyed most traveling to the ocean, finishing the most challenging of crosswords, walking her dog in the evenings, lunching with her dear friends, and taking her family to Austin’s Wildflower Center. In her final years, Eunice fought an arduous battle with cancer, and impressed everyone with her determination and grace.

Eunice Irene Jagger, 80, of Austin, Texas, passed away on October 13, 2017, surrounded by loving family members and close friends. Jim passed away five days after Eunice, no doubt a testament to the enduring love they shared.

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James William "Jim" Jagger Photo Album

Tree dedicated to Jim and Eunice Jagger, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas, March 31, 2018
Left to Right: Peter, Diane and June, at Jagger tree didication, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas, March 31, 2018
Tree Dedication Plaque: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas, March 31, 2018
Jim Jagger at right, the Ottawa Journal, (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) January 8, 1953.
Eunice Irene Jagger,
Sue Harrison Warren, sister of Eunice Jagger, 3/31/2018, Austin, Texas

 

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