Simpson University mourns loss of longtime professor

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Professor Jim GrubbsREDDING, Calif. - James T. Grubbs, a beloved assistant professor of communication at Simpson University from 1989 to 2013, died March 9 after a lengthy illness. He was 64.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Friday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Bethel Church, 933 College View Drive in Redding.

Professor Grubbs earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and master’s degrees in counseling and speech communication at California State University, San Jose, and the University of San Francisco. He began teaching at Simpson in fall 1989, the college’s first year in Redding.

“Professors never fully know the impact they have had on the lives of others, but students chose to be communication majors because of him,” said Robin Dummer, interim provost at Simpson University. “He truly loved students and loved to teach.”

Professor Grubbs taught courses in both the traditional undergraduate program and the ASPIRE degree-completion program.

“As a faculty colleague, he exhibited graciousness and a sacrificial servant’s heart,” Dummer said. “We will sorely miss him.”

Simpson University communication students plan to remember professor Grubbs on Wednesday evening at the westside Cypress Avenue Denny’s, where he often held “office hours.” Students are also seeking to raise money to provide a tree and plaque on campus in his honor.

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Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include degrees in nursing, biology, outdoor leadership, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. For more information, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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