James Richard Austin
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother, James Richard Austin, on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the age of 74, at his home in Rockville, MD. Jim was predeceased by his wife, Carol Greisbach, the love of his life and best friend, in January, 2017. Born in Bethesda, MD, on September 30, 1945, Jim was the son of William C. Austin, Sr. and Mildred (Warfield) Austin. He grew up in Bethesda, MD, and attended B-CC High School, where he played football and ran track, graduating in 1964. He attended Montgomery Junior College, where he met Carol, and the University of Maryland, graduating in 1968. Jim and Carol married in August of 1969, and both spent many years working for the Marriott Corporation in hotels in Texas, Florida, Kentucky, and Virginia before returning to Maryland. Jim and Carol spent much of their free time buying and selling antiques, collectibles, and everything Washington Redskins, plus loving their cats, playing cards, and doing jigsaw puzzles. Family was very important to Jim, and he was the son who was the point guard for his parents' last years. Jim and Carol joined the Elks Club and helped in many fundraisers over the years.
Jim is survived by his four siblings, William Austin, Jr. and his wife, Susanne, of Burtonsville, MD, Robert Austin and his wife, Jean, of Burtonsville, MD, Edward Austin of Hawthorne, CA, and Judy Goff and her husband, Peter, of Granby, CT. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Rehrig, Laura Lambert, William E. Austin, Lisa Boothe, Kathy Yakubik, and her husband, Jeff, Corey Goff, Kevin Goff, and Shannon Ball and her husband, Jamie; as well as grand nieces and nephews, Justin Hopkins, Evan Lambert, Logann Boothe, Keelynn Boothe, Zachary Yakubik, Cooper Yakubik, Genevieve Goff, and Joseph Ball.
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 20, 2020
Jimmy Austin told me once that he threw up every time he ran track. I asked him why he would continue to run. He said because he loved it. I thought he was crazy until I started auditioning which, in turn, meant carrying leads on opening nights. I got it.
Other than that, he stood up one of my best friends on senior prom night. Am happy to read that, like so many of us, he grew up & had a good life. RIP, Jim.
Nora Morton Skinker (posted 4/9/20)
Thanks for sharing Jim Austin's obituary Glen. I had a quick, vivid memory of being on B-CC's field practicing with Jim and other members of the track team. Jim was a strong competitor who would really gut it out.
Posted by Robert Hall (4/9/20)
The last time I saw Jim was at the pre-reunion mixer / happy hour at the atrium bar 2014? We hooked-up because of our mutual friend Brad Creer ( 64' Whitman ). I had convinced Brad he needed to come and see old friends, drink Scotch, and have some laughs. Jim, Brad, and I had a Hoot; so of course we made a pact to get together again for old-times-sake. Very sadly that never happened; I deeply regret not taking the time to visit Jim... He only lived a quarter of a mile from me.
Posted by Glen Hirose (4/9/20)