James's Story

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On July 5th, Dr. James Heber Warram, Jr. passed away, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend: Dad, Uncle Jimmy, Uncle Jim, papa, Jim, Dr. Jim and James Heber, when mom needed his attention!

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK, he moved to Boston, MA to attend Harvard Medical School. In Boston, he met his wife Susan and they were married on June 26th, 1960. When recently asked what makes a marriage last 57 years, he said "never stop believing you are made for each other". Jim and Susan spent over 40 years in Boston, mostly in Jamaica Plain, and you would often find him, garden shears in hand, at the corner of Myrtle and Pond Streets, chatting over the fence with someone admiring his garden.

Jim had an easy smile and made friends with anyone he met. He believed in the strength of family and family was more than blood ties. He lived his commitment to family and friends equally with visits over the years cementing relationships with all generations. His abiding curiosity, led him to exhaustive family history investigations in his retirement years, traveling near and far searching for clues. He focused on unearthing the stories, writing them down, and expanding connections to family old and new.

Jim Warram retired from the Joslin Diabetes Foundation, where he was a Senior Investigator in the Research Division. Jim was loved and respected throughout the Joslin community for his knowledge, guidance, support and, most of all, his warmth. Many researchers at Joslin and around the world can credit Dr. Jim Warram as a major factor in their success.

Jim is survived by his wife, Susan, daughter Margaret, her husband David Marder, son Jim, his wife Kim, son Andrew, his wife Lori, sisters Evelyn Moore and Caroline Lane, 7 grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Donations in Jim's memory may be made to the FCNL - www.fcnl.org, or to a cause that speaks to your heart.
Published on July 10, 2017
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