Dr. James Sherbon 1936-2020

Dr. James Sherbon 1936-2020

Dr. James Weston Sherbon, Ph.D., passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 at his home in Lenexa. He was 83.

The son of Ora J. and Bessie (Coulter) Sherbon, James (Jim) was born Aug. 3, 1936 in Arkansas City. He grew up helping his dad in the garage at the family O.J. Sherbon Motor Company Desoto-Plymouth Dealership. He graduated from Arkansas City High School with the class of 1954 and from Arkansas City Junior College in 1956.

Jim received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1959 and a Master of Science in Music Education in 1960 from Emporia State University. He then received a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with Minors in Statistics and Research from The University of Kansas in 1973.

On May 27, 1959, Jim and Glenda J. Steward were united in marriage at Holton Methodist Church in Holton. They moved to Kansas City, where Jim taught band and orchestra at Argentine Junior-Senior High School for 12 years while working on his Ph.D. and serving as principal trombonist in the Kansas City, Kansas Symphony Orchestra. They had two daughters, Gina and Juli.

Following an appointment at KU and the University of Texas at Austin, Jim moved the family to North Carolina and taught for 27 years as Professor of Graduate Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). While in Greensboro, Jim and his family were active members at Christ United Methodist Church.

At UNCG, Dr. Sherbon advised doctoral dissertations and held multiple positions including Director of Graduate Studies in Music for 15 years. He also refereed and consulted on more than 30 publications including textbooks and research published in state, regional and national journals, provided extensive lectures and served on editorial boards for publications. His principal research focus was in hearing acuity and conservation, diplacusis, pitch perception and musical achievement and aptitude.

Dr. Sherbon retired in 2002 at the age of 65, was promoted to Professor Emeritus and moved to Lenexa. His hobbies upon retirement continued to include teaching courses through distance learning, advising doctoral dissertations, guest conducting school bands and freelancing on trombone in summer theatre pit orchestras and church performances. He was also a substitute teacher with the Kansas City area public schools.

In 2007 Dr. Sherbon was appointed to Visiting Professor Emeritus in the School of Music at The University of Oklahoma. Outside of academics his hobbies included working with automobiles, wood-turning and a renewed interest in the railroad, including gaining a conductor’s certificate.

Dr. Sherbon was a devoted teacher who taught for more than 50 years and advised and completed more than 65 doctoral dissertations. He was an active member of the North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma and National Associations for Music Educators.

Jim is survived by his wife, Glenda; two daughters, Gina Sherbon, of Lenexa and Juli (Michael) Trexler of Raleigh, N.C.; and two grandsons, Josh Trexler and Grant Trexler.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Rd., Lenexa, with the Rev. Ezekiel Koech officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.

A graveside service will be held the following day at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at Riverview Cemetery in Arkansas City, with the Rev. Sally Bates officiating. The family will receive friends at Bible Christian Church, 2411 N. Eighth St., Arkansas City, KS 67005 following the service. A soup lunch will be provided. Porter Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dr. Jim Sherbon’s name to Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215.


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