Following a brief stint in Geneva, Switzerland working for the DuPont operations there, Jim and Barbara returned to the United States and to their home in Orange, Texas, where Jim worked a few more years before retirement. He worked a total of 35 years for DuPont.
Retirement brought him back to one of his original loves—Roman history! He lectured aboard cruise ships and taught a course at Lamar State College-Orange. In recent years, he had been known to share his copious knowledge with anyone who would listen. He loved learning and, because of his passion for knowledge, was a great teacher.
An exciting part of retirement for Jim was the opportunity to serve the Orange chapter of Golden K Kiwanis as a member and as President.
Jim and Barbara moved to Tomball in 2009 to be closer to family where they joined Champion Forest Baptist Church.
Jim is survived by his spouse of 48 years, Barbara Stephens Dawes; his daughter Jennifer Dawes Adkison and her husband, Steve Adkison, of La Grande, Oregon; his daughter Amy Dawes Klein and her husband, Craig Klein, of Tomball, Texas; his son Walter Dawes of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren: Bridger, Ally and Jake Adkison of La Grande, Oregon, and Jackson and Jonathan Klein of Tomball, Texas; his sister-in-law Bette Honeycutt of Orange, Texas; and his sister-in-law Brenda Escamilla and her husband, Randy Escamilla, of Midlothian, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Champion Forest Baptist Church; 15555 Stuebner Airline Road, Houston, Texas, 77069.