James Hitt

HITT, James James Alfred Michael Hitt, Ph.D., age 88, of Austin, Texas passed away at home on May 11, 2016 after a lengthy illness. He was the widower of Mary Katherine J Hitt of which they shared 46 years of marriage together. James was born in Dallas, Texas on September 3, 1927 to Irving and Winnie Hitt. He graduated from Adamson High School, Dallas, Texas; serviced in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant during WWII; received his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University and his doctorate from Princeton University. He worked as an Associate Professor (Emeritus) with the Department of Classics at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas. He was a member of Transfiguration of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church and many other various organizations. He enjoyed playing the piano, writing music of which several of them were published; translating Latin, Ancient Greek, various other languages and was working on a Chinese/English dictionary; had a love of etymology, linguistics, comparative literature, mythology, religion, Greek Drama, Greek Philosophy, and Modern Greek; and enjoyed drawing and painting as well. James is survived by his daughter, Laura; his son, David and his wife, Theresa; and son, Jonathan; his grandchildren Nicholas and his companion, Spring; Marshall and wife, Stamatina; Valery and her husband, James; his great-grandchildren Amara, Freyja, Adam, and Emery; as well as his cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Katherine J Hitt, his parents, Irving and Winnie Hitt; and his brother, Michael Hitt. The funeral service will be at 10 am on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Transfiguration of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church, 414 St Stephens Road, Austin, Texas 78746. Private interment will be held at the Ferris Memorial Park North Cemetery, Ferris, Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: Hospice Austin's Christopher House, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78759, (512) 342.4700/(800) 445.3261 www. HospiceAustin.org, Austin Steam Train Association, 401 East Whitestone Blvd, C-100, Cedar Park, Texas 78613 and/or to KMFA Classical 89.5, 3001 North Lamar Blvd, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78705, (512) 472.2221, http://www.kmfa.org/pages/26- more-ways-to-give. Obituary and memorial guest-book available online at www. wcfish.com Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home (512) 452-8811.