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Harris Funeral Home
Thursday November 18th, 2021
2:00pm

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James Scofield

SCOFIELD---James Davis, 86, Richland, died on November 12, 2021. Born January 8, 1935, in Wauseon, Ohio, son of John R. and Kathryn (Davis) Scofield. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Jack and Dick Scofield. Survived by wife of 30 years, Debra L. Taczanowsky; children, Marcus Taczanowksy, Johnstown; Craig (Gretchen Davis) Taczanowsky, Beaver, PA; Tonya Taczanowsky, Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren, Darious Chatman, Beaver, PA; Damian Davis, Beaver, PA; Lexus Taczanowksy, Beaver, PA; and Tatum Taczanowsky, Beaver. Also survived by friends, Larry and Chrissy Blalock and his political and golf friends and many others. Jim taught English Literature at UPJ for over 30 years. He wrote editorials for the Tribune-Democrat for many years. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, playing golf and bird watching. Jim enjoyed writing, especially poetry and liked talking politics. Jim was a member of the NAACP and National Organization for Women (NOW) and Citizens for Social Responsibility. Jim will be remembered as a kind person who was very giving and donated to charities that were important to him. The family will welcome family and friends to a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland with his wife, Debra Taczanowsky officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the local chapter of the NAACP, P.O. Box 1064, Johnstown, PA 15907 and the national chapter of NOW at www.secure.now.org in memory of James Davis Scofield. Online condolences may posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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Dr. Scofield was a classic philosopher teacher whose humble conversational manner imbued so many of his students with lessons we recall in detail decades later. As one who took several of his classes, I still find myself asking " What would Doc say about this issue? His newspaper columns years later refreshed us with continuing education....Doc knew the profound distinction and enmity between Governing Elites and their Establishments from the Civilization that grew up mostly in contrast to each other...the proof of his teaching has is its ability to still stir up thinking in his students..We who were lucky to meet him our forever grateful for his humanity, his insights and his courage.

neil werner price Nov 19 2021 12:00 AM

Deb,My sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. Knowing Jim as I did, I always found him to be a sincere believer in the causes and issues that were near and dear to him. He was a low-key man, but had a fierce passion for human rights that few could match. Although the term sometimes is used rather loosely, Jim was truly a gentleman and a scholar. As an adult student I was fortunate to audit a class of his, "The American Dream," at UPJ a number of years ago. It was a true learning experience. I always looked forward to hearing Jim's opinions (and yours) at our weekly gatherings at the Franklin Street Bar & Grill and, later, Panera Bread. I will certainly miss him. My thoughts are with you and yours.

Harry Hunt Nov 18 2021 12:00 AM

Deb,

My sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. Knowing Jim as I did, I always found him to be a sincere believer in the causes and issues that were near and dear to him. He was a low-key man, but had a fierce passion for human rights that few could match. Although the term sometimes is used rather loosely, Jim was truly a gentleman and a scholar. As an adult student I was fortunate to audit a class of his, "The American Dream," at UPJ a number of years ago. It was a true learning experience. I always looked forward to hearing Jim's opinions (and yours) at our weekly gatherings at the Franklin Street Bar & Grill and, later, Panera Bread. I will certainly miss him. My thoughts are with you and yours.

Harry Hunt Nov 18 2021 12:00 AM

dear debra and the entire family,i am saddened that jim has passed away, after a long and memorable life. my condolences to you and the entire family.i considered him a hero. he could articulate his cogent thoughts so eloquently and so effectively. i looked forward to his column each month and enjoyed our chats. i will always remember him fondly.debra, it was a pleasure knowing each of you. my best wishes to you and i wish you comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

richard j holsinger Nov 17 2021 12:00 AM

dear debra and the entire family,

i am saddened that jim has passed away, after a long and memorable life. my condolences to you and the entire family.

i considered him a hero. he could articulate his cogent thoughts so eloquently and so effectively. i looked forward to his column each month and enjoyed our chats. i will always remember him fondly.

debra, it was a pleasure knowing each of you. my best wishes to you and i wish you comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

richard j holsinger Nov 17 2021 12:00 AM

With Jims passing, weve all lost a memorable and upstanding citizen, who showed up for justice at numerous community demonstrations against unwise and immoral government policies. His numerous columns in the local paper were always thoughtful and thought-provoking. My late mother, who read the TD early every morning, always telephoned me to alert me to a Professor Scofield column, ALL of which she agreed with! Jim was a dedicated teacher of literature, and great colleague of mine at UPJ for decades. Soft-spoken and kind, but never hesitant to express his considered and right on opinions at faculty meetings, he was a force for justice on campus also. I will miss that warm smile and twinkle in his eye, so nicely captured in this posted photo. Sincere condolences and sympathy to Debbie, his wife of many years, and their entire family, to whom Jim was also devoted and faithful.

Merrily Swoboda Nov 17 2021 12:00 AM

A gentleman and a scholar, Jim Scofield was one of the best teachers -- and friends -- I've ever been blessed to have. Every day of my life has been enriched because of his love of the truth, knowledge and humorous absurdity found in great literature. His courses at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown inspired and challenged me to be a better, more caring and courageous, human being. After studying under him in the mid- and late-1970s, I got back in touch two decades later. We enjoyed visits with him in Johnstown (including demonstrations against the Iraq war) and on trips he and Debbie made to California. Educator. Humanitarian. Inspiration.

Bill Mishler Nov 15 2021 12:00 AM

I didn't know Jim personally, but I always read his editorials in the Tribune Democrat. They were well written, insightful, and showed a strong moral and social awareness. I will miss his contribution. My sympathy to his family.

Mary Nov 15 2021 12:00 AM

Professor Scofield's editorial page articles were always well researched, well written, and avoided ad hominem attacks against those with differing viewpoints. I felt compelled to let him know how much this was appreciated with the state of things in today's world and began to contact him by email to comment on his pieces. He was always gracious in responding, and even took time to offer his encouragement for my letters to the editor, which I treasured as I don't have his level of education. His knowledge and kindness will be sorely missed.

Carol J. Harp Nov 15 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences and love to Debbie, Darius & Family. Jim, Larry and members of Citizens for Social Responsibility provided an unforgettable and valuable mentorship in understanding the true meaning and connection between social justice and peace. It wasn't something just talked about. It was anchored in activism; whether standing on Theater Drive in freezing weather protesting war, recognizing the numbers being killed with Eyes Wide Open in Central Park, educational and enlightening articles in the Tribune, meeting with the area Congressional Representative, or being there to take random calls about issues, Jim was there as a witness caring about others. Talking with Jim didn't sugar coat issues of concern but provided soothing assurance to just carry on in an honorable fashion. While his physical departure leaves a void, his spirit of goodwill remains true, present, bright and comforting.

Etta Albright Nov 15 2021 12:00 AM

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