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In Memory

James Batton

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06/28/22 06:31 PM #1    

Larry Clark

I didn't really know James all that much.  Bur I did know his music.  I lived in Palmer freshman year.  James had a room near the rear exit of Palmer. He had by far the best stereo in Swarthmore.  Really sweet JBL Monitor speakers..  As I would leave for dinner I would go down the back stair past his room.  Always a treat to hear what music he was listening to on his music system. 

He left us way too soon.

Larry Clark


06/30/22 09:50 AM #2    

Judith Fletcher

I just remember him as being a wonderful, warm, friendly guy.

07/02/22 09:52 AM #3    

Daniel Abbott

James and I were co-coordinators of Upward Bound one summer. He was smart, kind, and supportive of the Upward Bound students, traveling to a study center in Chester weekly throughout the semester in addition to living on campus as a counselor for two summers. He was also a gifted musician and was the organist at several churches around Chester spending his Sundays traveling among them. His passing was a huge loss to his family, friends and the community of Chester.

07/02/22 10:29 PM #4    

Jose Ortiz

I went up to James one day and asked if he was the James Batton who had the best sound system on campus. He chuckled and asked where did I hear that from. My reply was that everyone when comparing sound systems always said that he had the best system and if he didn't mind I would like to listen to it. He invited me to his room and after listening to a few tunes, he asked what I thought. I said the rumors about your stereo system were not exaggerated, when can I come back? Anytime after 5 pm he said. I like to listen to music between 5 and 6 pm every day so just come over. Great guy.

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