James M. Ott


James M. "Jim" Ott, 66, of Media, passed away surrounded by family on Oct. 16, 2018, at his home after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

He leaves his wife of 36 years, Becky (Booth) Ott; his two sons, James M. Ott Jr., daughter-in-law, Sarah Alden Ott, and granddaughter, Eva Grace Ott of Hoboken, N.J., and Matthew Cares Ott of Media; his sister, Judy L. Ott (husband Larry Blevins, d. 2013) of Jupiter, Fla., and brother, John H. Ott of Stuart, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Barbara Booth Dahlgren of Leesburg, Fla.; brother-in-law, Robert O. Booth (wife Diane, d. 2005) of Danville; brother-in-law, William E. Booth, Jr. (and wife Charlotte) of Eufaula, Ala.; and niece and nephews: Erin, William III and Robert Jr.

Upon marrying Becky Booth in October 1982 at Grove Presbyterian Church he adopted Danville as his hometown. He looked forward to regularly visiting during the holidays and developed many friendships in the community. His favorite places and activities included walking the dog in the winter on Frosty Valley golf course, taking his kids to see (the real) Santa or going sledding, and running into local characters at the Pub in town.

Jim was born and raised in Defiance, Ohio, the son of Laverne (Pete) and Alene Ott. He was an excellent student and talented musician at Defiance High School. He attended Ohio University on an academic scholarship and earned a bachelor of business administration degree in 1974.

After working in the insurance industry in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, in 1983 he began a 32-year career with two medical societies, initially, the American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM) in Washington, as Director Insurance Services and later as Vice President, Management and Member Services. ASIM merged with the American College of Physicians (ACP) in 1998 and in 2001 he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Membership until 2011 when he became Senior Vice President, International Programs. Jim's promotion at ACP in 2001 resulted in a transfer to Philadelphia, PA for the last 14 years of his career. He retired in December 2015 but not before visiting several countries in his final role at ACP including: Italy, Greece, the Philippines, India, United Arab Emirates and Dubai.

Raising their family in Northern Virginia, Jim and Becky volunteered for their sons' summer swim team activities, from running the snack bar to officiating at swim meets. Jim also took great enjoyment in coaching his sons' basketball teams. He cultivated (after many interesting learning experiences) a love for sailing in his 19-foot West Wight Potter but eventually had to give it up after his move to Philadelphia.

Jim had looked forward to his retirement but unfortunately was diagnosed with cancer in October 2016. He was grateful for the kind and caring doctors and nurses he encountered at both Thomas Jefferson Hospital and University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore and Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey.

Over a period of many years, he had developed a genuine fondness for Sanibel Island, Fla., with its beautiful beaches, wildlife, boating and bike riding, among many other features. He also enjoyed serving as "first-mate" to his wife, a long-time, avid fisher person. Together, they had planned to spend years enjoying retirement on Sanibel which they considered paradise.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lustgarten Foundation (the largest private foundation dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research), 415 Crossway Park Drive, Suite A, Woodbury, NY 11797 or online: https://www.lustgarten.org/donate/. In memory of James M. Ott with notifications to be sent to Becky B. Ott and family.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957 or online: http://www.crowclinic.org/donate/tribute (is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife through state of the art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine). In memory of James M. Ott with notifications to be sent to Becky B. Ott and family,
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