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James Wayne, professor at CCBC and Johns Hopkins, dies

James Wayne, professor at CCBC and Johns Hopkins, dies
James Wayne, a professor at CCBC and Johns Hopkins. (HANDOUT)

James Wayne, a professor at the Community College of Baltimore County and an adjunct at the Johns Hopkins University, died of cancer at his Towson home March 30. He was 76.

Mr. Wayne worked in high-level human resources positions at numerous companies before going into teaching, which family and friends said he had a zeal for.

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"I think he was pretty passionate about economics and he wanted to share that same kind of passion with his students," said Jane Mattes, the department chair for accounting and economics at CCBC. "I think he truly saw that he had the opportunity to influence lives and to impart the knowledge that he had gained over a lifetime to benefit young people."

Mr. Wayne was born in Youngstown, Ohio. His father, Michael Wayne, worked in the coal and steel mills, while his mother, Mary, was a housewife.

He graduated from Ursuline High School in Ohio in 1957, and earned a bachelor's degree at Youngstown State University in Ohio and a master's of business administration from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He pursued a doctoral degree at California Coast University, but discontinued the effort. He also was a private first class in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Mr. Wayne worked in human resources at The Washington Post, Fannie Mae, Peoples Drug Stores, and U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Co. He was a managing partner at Bayside Consulting Group in Annapolis.

In the 1980s, he was a member of the Grace Commission, an investigation requested by President Ronald Reagan intended to root out waste and inefficiency in government. Mr. Wayne's task was to uncover waste at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities across the country.

After his time in the private sector, Mr. Wayne taught business and economics courses at Catholic University and Towson State University, as well as CCBC. He was an adjunct at Johns Hopkins for more than 25 years, and earned an award for teaching excellence in 2000.

"He didn't want to retire, he just changed fields," said his wife, Barbara Weidman, who was director of the office of continuing education at CCBC. "He felt that he could contribute something to the community."

At CCBC, Mr. Wayne was dean of continuing education, a position he also held prior to that at Montgomery College. He also taught classes on topics such as economics and business administration at CCBC. Mr. Wayne "didn't teach just textbook learning," Mrs. Weidman said.

"Oftentimes you have faculty who have never been in the real world, who have done nothing but teach," Mrs. Weidman said. "He actually lived it and could give real life examples."

Ms. Mattes called Mr. Wayne "a gentleman in every sense of the word" who was always friendly and courteous.

"There are some faculty that want to just teach the classes and stay on the sidelines, he was someone who more so wanted to be involved in the college community," she said, adding that he spoke at a graduation and led a search committee for department chairs.

When Mr. Wayne retired in 2014, "his students were truly disappointed," Ms. Mattes said. "It was just so obvious. I've had so many of them come back to say how much they thought of him."

She added: "He was beloved and respected by his colleagues and students and he'll be sorely missed."

Mrs. Weidman said her husband was a good listener who was well regarded, and an avid reader. He also enjoyed outdoor activities, hiking, walking, and the beach.

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Mr. Wayne was married to Mrs. Weidman for eight years; an earlier marriage to JeanAnne Wayne ended in divorce.

A memorial mass is set for April 16 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 8501 Loch Raven Boulevard in Towson.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wayne is survived by his children, Sean Wayne of Alexandria, Va., and Ciaran Lusick of Vienna, Va.; his stepchildren, Eric Weidman of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kristen Etzo of Bedford, N.H.; a brother, Tim Wayne of Shady Side; and 11 grandchildren.

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