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On April 7, 2007, JAMES C. BOSTAIN, 85, of Baltimore, MD, passed away peacefully at home. Predeceased by his beloved wife Pat in 2002. Survived by a loving daughter; step-daughter; his brother's family and many wonderful friends. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College, with a Master's Degree in Linguistics from Yale. He worked for the US Department of State's Foreign Service Institute for 26 years, helping design foreign language instruction curriculums. He gave ~8500 lectures on cross-cultural communication to government, military, academic and public audiences in 49 states (missed Idaho), plus a few in foreign countries during his 40 year career. He won 2 Emmys for work performed with WETA (1965, 1969), as well as numerous awards and accolades for acting and/or directing 120+ plays -- college, summer stock, off-Broadway, Arena Stage (D.C.), Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and countless area theaters from 1948 to 1986. He loved linguistics, baseball and acting, and was passionate about sharing his enthusiasm for them with everyone he met. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oberlin College, Office of Development, Bosworth Hall, 50 West Lorain Street, Oberlin,OH 44074.

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