When I got home Saturday evening I discovered a message waiting from one of my school friends. She’d called to let me know that Professor Jim Knowlton had died. He was my boss my first year at Austin College, while I was working at the Department of Foreign Languages. Although he’d given up pipe-smoking years before, he gave me my first high-quality pipe, an Italian Talamona, which I am smoking as I write these words. He was a cool fellow (taught a bridge class which I took), and not terribly old (just a decade older than my own parents). It was great to see him again when I went to my reunion; I had been looking forward to doing the same at the next. Instead, I've sent a sum to the scholarship has been established in his memory at Austin College.
Here’s another obituary, this one from his hometown paper in New Hampshire.