James Trusler Shipman, 90, of Rt. #2, Belington, WV, died Friday, July
10, at his home, following an extended illness.
He was born June 25, 1919, at Overhill, Upshur County, a son of
the late Alonzo McClural and Alpha Jane (Trusler) Shipman.
On November 17, 1946, he married the former Genevieve Phillips,
who preceded him in death.
Surviving are three daughters, Sarah E. Shipman-Kuntz and husband,
Jerry, Belington, Susannah L. Clark and husband, Gerald K., Clarksburg
and Sudie L. Shipman, Belington; and four grandchildren, John William
Cruise III and wife, Dana, Jennifer Erin Cruise, William Joseph Clark
U.S.A.R. and Eric Thomas Clark.
Dr. Shipman was also preceded in death by three sisters and six
He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a radioman and
Electronics Instructor in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the
American Legion Post in Athens, Ohio.
Professor Shipman received a Bachelor of Science degree In 1951
and Master of Science degree in 1953 from Ohio University, and
subsequently joined the faculty at his alma mater in the Department of
Physics, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1978. He served as
chairman of the Department from 1968 until 1972.
was known as an inspiring teacher. He was the senior author of the
text “An Introduction to Physical Science”, now in its 12th
edition, which has been adopted by several hundred colleges in the
United States. He used the technical expertise gained in World War
II in later research on the propagation of electromagnetic waves in
His research and teaching activities were supported
by grants from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln
Labs and the National Science foundation. In recognition of his
accomplishments, Prof. Shipman was awarded, in 1978, the first
Honorary Doctor of Engineering Science degree by the Chubu Institute
of Technology (now Chubu University) in Nagoya, Japan.
Dr. Shipman was an active supporter of Ohio University, serving
as Secretary of its Alumni Board for eight years and on the College of
Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors for a decade. In 1994, he was
named Outstanding Friend of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prof.
Shipman led the establishment of a scholarship fund to support
undergraduates in physics and at the request of the Physics Department
faculty, the fund was named in his honor at the time of his
At Dr. Shipman’s request, his remains were cremated.The
Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, July 17, 2009 at 6:00 P.M.,
at the Corley United Methodist Church Pavilion across from the Barbour
County Fairgrounds located on the Shipman Farm. His daughter Sudie
Shipman will officiate and interment will follow at a later date. The
family requests memorials in the form of contributions to the James
Shipman Scholarship in care of “the Ohio University Foundation”
(with a note in the memo line of the check that the contribution is
for the James Shipman Scholarship), P.O. Box 869, Athens, Ohio 45701.
Stemple & Forman Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.