It has been almost six months since Jim passed away on April 7, 2019. I think of him as a good friend and close colleague. Many of us remember Jim as a collegial team member at the International Goat Association, but few knew that he was instrumental in every major decision I made as the President of IGA.
Jim was very much respected and trusted, and I often took his advice and went against my own instinct and wishes. He served as Secretary-Treasurer for IGA under more than one president. Jim was particularly supportive when we tried to rebuild IGA’s financial standing. He was an important partner when we embarked the strategic planning process, for the first time in the history of IGA. With the participation of Christie, Rosalee, a facilitator, among others, Jim worked tirelessly to make sure the logistic was well in place.
The International Goat Association is sad to announce the passing of Dr. James De Vries on April 7, 2019 (February 13, 1944 - April 7, 2019).
Jim was a very devoted member of the IGA. He served as the IGA Secretary-Treasurer for two terms and was a Board member for three terms.
He was born in the Netherlands, emigrated by boat with his parents and seven siblings to the United States, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1961. His passion for helping others led him to join the Peace Corps where he served in East Africa. His time in Africa marked a turning point in his life.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.