From the desk of the Director:
Friends, I am so terribly pained to have to report some very sad news. One of our students, Jimmain B. Middleton, passed away on Monday October 2nd. Jimmain was a student in a few Judaic Studies classes, and his instructors and classmates all had only admiration for his dedication to his studies and his lovely, warm, and engaging spirit. He took Prof. Beth Alpert Nakhai’s course on the History and Religion of Ancient Israel last year. Prof. Nakhai was deeply saddened by this news of his death, and noted “that he was an amazing student and a really wonderful person, that he worked really hard, juggling his responsibilities for his children with his academic commitments, that he consistently raised the level of discussion in the class, that he served as a Teaching Teams preceptor and took on a leadership role in the class, and that he radiated good humor and a love of learning.”
This semester Jimmain was taking Naomi Present’s Elementary Modern Hebrew class. Our language classes meet for an hour daily Monday through Friday, and as a result of their ongoing interactions, the students quickly unite as a group. Naomi reports that Jimmain “was loved by all of his fellow classmates, and by myself. He was a fun loving, good-natured man. He made us laugh every day, with his signature phrases on which the other students now quote him. He brought a unique and good energy to the class. He truly touched our lives, and he will be missed.”
Jimmain will indeed be sorely missed by all who knew him and whose lives were touched by him. Everyone associated with The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies sends their condolences and support to his wife Melissa Pablo-Middleton, their daughters Zarria and Emmani, Jimmain’s parents Christine Holloway and James Middleton, and Jimmain’s sister Keanna Curtis. May the memory of Jimmain Middleton always be a blessing.
Below is link to his obituary, which contains the information for funeral services.