Obituary of James F. Brody Jr.
James Franklin Brody Jr., 78, of Spring City, PA, passed away on August 16, 2020, at Phoenixville Hospital – Tower Health.
Born in Waynesville, MO, on April 3, 1942, James was the son of the late James F. Brody Sr., and Mildred (Zaleski) Brody.
As an “Army brat” he lived in Japan and Italy, graduating from the American High School in Vicenza, Italy in 1960. He also toured Greece, Turkey and Libya and lived in several states in the United States.
When Jim left home for college in 1960, he had some thought of pursuing a career in religion. He began his academic career as an art major, but his first psychology class determined his future. Just when he obtained a degree at one prestigious school he would enroll at another. His family affectionately called him a "career student".
Jim was accepted in the scholars program at the University of Denver where he acquired his BA. He continued onward pursuing his thirst for knowledge and completed his Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with honors.
A decades-long resident of Spring City, Dr. Brody was a highly respected clinical psychologist, an author of several books dealing with evolutionary psychology, and many articles and book reviews. During his years of service he held numerous positions, including Chief Psychologist and Superintendent in several mental health facilities. He also maintained a private practice for 30 years. He served as editor-in-chief for several magazines, including Porsche Club of America.
He had five independent publications before he finished his PhD. His dissertation in psychopharmacology attracted thirteen hundred requests for copies - the average dissertation at that time drew about ten.
As a man continually on a quest, Jim immersed himself in books, pursued writing with passion, and also became an avid painter, sculptor, and photographer.
He was a devoted husband and father, and is lovingly remembered by his son James Brody; his grandchildren, Colin and Samantha Brody; his brother, David Brody (Janet); his sister, Sandra Nierode (Phil); and his extended family, Diane Alex-Brody and Leah Lehmann.
Through his love of photography Jim has left us many foot prints reflecting his love and passion. Some of his works may be found on display at the Visitor Center At Valley Forge, as well as numerous business, church, and community sites.
Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Houck & Gofus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, PA 19464, will be handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at: www.houckgofusfuneralhome.com.