James N Pratley

September 20, 1928 - January 16, 2020
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James N. Pratley, 91, passed away in Galveston on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Born September 20, 1928 in Eastland, Texas, he was the son of the late Nicholas Pratley and Katherine Andrews. Mr. Pratley attended public schools in Galveston and graduated from Ball High School in l945. He earned his BA from Oberlin College in l949 and his PhD from the University of Texas, Austin in l957.

In the Korean War he served as an officer at the School of Aviation Medicine helping to develop and train pilots in high altitude flight and ejection seats. Most of his professional career was spent in California at San Jose State University where he was Director of the Electron Microscope Laboratories and Head of the Molecular and Cell Biology division. Author of numerous research papers, he retired early as Professor Emeritus devoting himself to a new career in fiction writing. He published five novels and several short stories in literary journals. He also owned and operated an Italian import boutique in Palo Alto, California.

He is pre-deceased by his parents, his sisters Mary Dorothy Brailas and Helen Jelson; his partner of 44 years Dr. Charles M. Devonshire; and his devoted friend, Marilyn Morrison. He is survived by many family members both here and abroad.

He was an avid pianist, tennis and bridge player, and world traveler. The Greek islands were his favorite haunt and from which he found inspiration for his philosophical, scientific, and literary pursuits.  His main complaint of life was that too many of his friends and loved ones preceded his own death. Donations in his memory may be made to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, P. O. Box 655, Galveston, Texas 77553-0655.

 

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Born: September 20, 1928
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Jimmie Stathakos posted on 1/27/20

TO THE MEMORY OF MY PROLIFIC CHILDHOOD FRIEND, JAMES N. PRATLEY. JIM, YOUR SUDDEN DEPARTURE FROM THIS EARTHLY EXISTENCE HAS LEFT A VERY GREAT AND SAD VOID IN MY LIFE. WE ENJOYED SO MANY YEARS OF TRUE FRIENDSHIP AND I NOW FEEL THE GREAT LOSS. WE ENJOYED SO MANY WONDERFUL CONVERSATIONS, YOUR KNOWLEDGE FAR OUTWEIGHING MINE BUT, WE HAD A VERY UNIQUE PLAYING FIELD WITH EACH OTHER. THE CHESS GAMES WE ENJOYED IN FRIENDLY RIVALRY WERE SO EXCITING. OUR MANY DISSERTATIONS TOOK SUCH A BROAD SCOPE OF ISSUES THAT WE SEEMED TO HAVE A NATURAL UNDERSTANDING OF THEM. YOURS THROUGH INTELLECT, MINE THROUGH WORLDLY EXPERIENCES IN THE YEARS OF SERVICE I HAD AS A U.S. MARINE. I HAD NO EXPECTATION, NOR DID YOU I AM SURE, OF THAT MOMENT OF CALLING FROM ABOVE. I WAS SO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU WHEN WE DISCUSSED AND YOU ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME OF THE EXISTENCE OF ‘A SUPREME BEING.’ I.E., GOD! YOUR RETURN TO HIS HOUSE OF WORSHIP MADE ME SO MUCH MORE SPIRITUALLY AWARE KNOWING YOU WERE IN HIS FOLD. WE BOTH ALWAYS LOOKED TO SEE OUR PRESENCE THERE AND THUS FOUND A PEACE UNLIKE ANY OTHER. YOU ARE GONE FROM US NOW AND, I CHERISH EVERY SINGLE MOMENT WE HAD TOGETHER. YOU SHALL ALWAYS BE IN MY PRAYERS THAT ‘THE SUPREME BEING’ HAS RECEIVED YOU INTO HIS BOSOM WITH HIS PROMISE OF LIFE ETERNAL. ADIEU MY BEST FRIEND. JIMMIE G. STATHAKOS 6518 FAIRWAY DR GALVESTON, TX 77551-1812

 

Demetris and Hellen Andritsakis posted on 1/27/20

You will forever remain in our thoughts and hearts.

 

Bess Mitchell posted on 1/26/20

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Bess Mitchell posted on 1/26/20

I met James but once in church but he left a lasting, moving impression. A truly remarkable man with a remarkable legacy. May his rest be eternal. Bess Mitchell Galveston

 

Reba Hilbert posted on 1/23/20

Oh, James, I hope you're frolicking on one of those Greek islands you wrote so eloquently about, with ouzo and donkeys and colorful characters. I will miss your sweet, funny emails, your intellect, and your friendship.

 

joanie puma bennet posted on 1/22/20

High altitude and ejection--who knew?! I thought Jim was a microbiologist and writer. I met him on the shuttle from Hobby Airport to Galveston 25? years ago. What a lovely, delightful man to have tennis and writing in common with. I hope he's in an azure or wine-dark heaven!

 

Sheronda Lartigue posted on 1/21/20

I enjoyed my time with you Mr. Jim! You will never be forgotten 😫❤️

 

George Andrews posted on 1/21/20

My Dear Cousin Jimmy, May you find eternal peace and joy with all your friends and loved ones who have been waiting for you. George Andrews

 

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