Professor James Leigh passed away on June 16 at the age of 82. Leigh taught at SF State from 1954 to 1980 in the creative writing, English and journalism departments and was chair of creative writing from 1977 to 1980. In 1980, he moved to the Netherlands for a few years before returning to live in Southern California, where he resided for the last 20 years, during which time he played in five jazz bands and continued to write. Leigh self-published his autobiography, Heaven on the Side: A Jazz Life, with Xlibris in 2000. His novels include What Can You Do? (made into the 1970 film Making It), Downstairs at Ramsey's (1968), The Rasmussen Disasters (1969) and No Man's Land (1975).
A memorial is planned for Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 3355 19th Avenue (at Winston). Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.