James “Jim” Howard Case, who grew up on an Avon dairy farm, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Baltimore, Md.
A man of diverse interests and admired for his sense of humor, Jim Case was born in 1940. He was a 1958 graduate of Groton School in Massachusetts and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Rochester. He was a three-sport varsity athlete as an undergraduate, participating in football, swimming, and baseball; he was inducted into the University of Rochester’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
His overriding passion was to become a professional baseball pitcher and he enthusiastically signed with the Dodgers organization. Released by the team in the spring of 1962, he took a tramp steamer to Cannes, France, bought a bicycle, and headed north to Paris. For ever after, a favorite vacation was a trip through the French countryside seeking good food and wines. His nephew, Everett Morss of Geneseo, said “he was an exceptionally talented, humorous, caring and compassionate person. He loved ‘The Valley’ and always enjoyed catching up with friends and family when he came home.”
After completing master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan, Jim did post-doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin and Princeton University. He relocated to Baltimore in 1970 to join the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering Department (now Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics) at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of three books, as well as a number of book chapters and peer reviewed papers. He was a frequent contributor of articles and book reviews for SIAM News. His last writing for them appears in the September issue. Jon Fries, now of Conesus, said that “the world has lost a brilliant man and I have lost a lifelong friend.”
On moving to Baltimore, he became an ardent fan of the Orioles, Colts and Ravens. He was also avid downhill skier who instilled a passion for the sport in his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren, who treasure memories of family ski vacations.
Jim taught for a semester in British Columbia and took a liking to the hard cider made there. On returning to Baltimore, he founded the Chesapeake Hard Cider Company, introducing the beverage to the Mid Atlantic area His UR swim coach, Roman “Speed” Speegle, introduced Jim to a member of the women’s swim team, Patricia deYoung; they married in 1962. He is survived by his wife; three children, Martha Gregg (John) of Sioux Falls, S.D., Caroline Scace (Greg) of Laytonsville, Md., and Charles Case (Toni) of Aspen, Colo.; five grandchildren, Tommy (AJ), John, Anneke, Charley and Charlotte; and his sister, Elizabeth Crowther Case of Concord, Mass. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Zopher Case and Mary Proctor Case; an older half-brother, Nathan Crary Shiverick; and two half-sisters Esther Shiverick Yntema and Mary Shiverick Morss.
Subject to Covid conditions, a Celebration of Life will be held in Baltimore on Wednesday, Oct. 20.