James (Jim) Robert Durbin, age 92, died at Capital Care Halquist Hospice Center in Arlington, VA on July 12, 2019. Jim was born in Barberton Ohio, the oldest boy of 7 children.
A long-time resident of Falls Church, VA, he also lived for several years in Wildwood, Florida after retiring from Washington, D.C. Public Schools, where he worked as a psychologist. Jim had a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University and a Master’s degree from Kent State University, where he majored in psychology. He also served in the United States Army from 1950-53, and was stationed in Puerto Rico.
Jim was an avid photographer, amateur radio enthusiast, and long-time volunteer with REACT (a CB radio emergency monitoring organization active across the United States.) Jim also volunteered his time in Chile in the 1960s, building shelters and helping young mothers and their children. While in Chile, he worked at NASA as a radio engineer.
He is survived and will be dearly missed by children Anita Dosik (Evan) and Joe Durbin and grandchildren Michael Dosik and Sarah Dosik, all of Arlington, VA; brother, Ron Durbin (Carol) of Massillon, Ohio; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial and service arrangements are planned for Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date.
If desired, donations can be made to Capital Care Halquist Hospice Center in lieu of flowers (4715 15th St., Arlington, VA 22205.)
Capital Caring was founded when hospice was in its infancy in America. Our founder, oncologist Josefina B. Magno, MD, understood that people living with serious illness needed care, whether or not there was a cure for their condition. Her determination with leading policymakers, more than 40 years ago, guaranteed all Americans to receive hospice care through the Medicare Hospice Benefit.