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Paoli Community Mourning Death Of Educator, Administrator James Babcock
Updated July 13, 2015 3:31 PM
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(PAOLI) - The Paoli community is mourning the death of longtime educator and administrator James A. Babcock, who died Sunday following a brief illness.

Babcock began teaching at Paoli High School in 1963 and served as a counselor, assistant principal and athletic director before becoming high school principal in 1974. He retired from the principal's post in 1997.

He service in the U.S. Army in Alaska from 160-63 and was Company Commander from 1966-67.

Professional Organizations and Activities:

  • President, Southeastern Indiana Personnel and Guidance Association 1968-69
  • President, Southern Hills Mental Health Center Inc., 1967-69
  • President, Paoli Alumni Association, 1970-71
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1974-1997
  • Indiana Association of School Principals, 1974-1997
  • President, Leadership Orange County, 1993-94
  • Graduate, Indiana Principal's LeadershipAcademy, 1991
  • IHSAA Board of Directors, 1991-1997
  • President, IHSAA Board of Directors, 1992-93
  • Chairman, IHSAA Executive Committee, 1996-97
  • Bloomington Hospital of Orange County Board of Directors, 2001-2009
  • Chairman of the Board, 2004-2006


  • James A. Babcock Mental Attitude Award presented to Paoli High School Varsity and JV Boys' Basketball player Each year, initiated, 1991
  • Sagamore of the Wabash Award, 1997
  • Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding Principal of the Year, 1997
  • Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators' Association,
  • Distinguished Service Award, District V, 1997
  • Paoli Community Board of School Trustees, Outstanding Service Award, 1974-1997
  • Paoli High School FFA Chapter Outstanding Service Award, 1997
  • Orange County Community Foundation Male Philanthropist of the Year Award, 2009
  • Times Mail Hometown Hero, 2014

He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Wesemann) Babcock (57 years); children Tim (Glenda) Babcock of Bowling Green, KY; Jon (Lea Anne) Babcock of Danville,IN;Amy (Rob) Haworth of Elkhart, IN; grandchildren Brian (Amanda) Babcock, Whitney (Preston) King, Chelsea (JP) Flores, Shelby Babcock, Olivia Haworth and Eric Haworth; Great grandchildren Briella Rae Flores Brothers Don (Elizabeth) Babcock of Louisville, KY; Rex (Ann) Babcock of Paoli; Danny "Buck" (Debbie) Babcock of Paoli

Preceded in death by his parents Arthur & Ruth (Claxton) Babcock; grandchildren Paul, Catherine & Samuel Haworth

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until the time of service in the Paoli High School gymnasium. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium at Paoli High School. The gym's floor was named in Babcock's honor in January 2013.

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