James (Jim) Friguglietti

Born (July 1936) and raised in Cleveland, OH, intelligently vibrant as student, scholar, and professor, James (Jim) Friguglietti died a natural death at about 1:00 or 1:30 AM, March 5, 2018, in Billings, MT.

Cleveland’s public schools gave Jim his elementary and high school education.  Next, he obtained a B.A. degree from Western Reserve University (1958), after which he moved on to Harvard.  He there earned a Ph.D. in History (1966), which caused many people to know him fondly as “Doc.”  His specialty was 18th and 19th century French history.  That brought him to France many times—and he especially loved Paris.

He began his career as a “teaching fellow” at Harvard (1964-66).  Then came appointments at the University of Rochester (1966-69), Case Western Reserve University (1969-76), Eastern Montana College (1976-1994), and MSU Billings (1994-2000).  He retired in 2000 as an MSUB emeritus professor.

His academic honors were numerous.  Early ones included Phi Beta Kappa and a Fulbright grant for study abroad.  His list of publications takes up eight pages on his curriculum vitae (CV).  Those were augmented by many professional presentations (four C.V. pages).  He made an abundance of friends at universities and during his years of attending academic conferences.  His wide ranging knowledge was on display when he won $10,000 on “Jeopardy” in 1989.

Jim’s love of books made possible a lifelong journey into the realities of the past.  He personified “so many books, so little time” and often described himself as a bookaholic.  His book collection numbered in the thousands and concerned him about where his books would go after his death.

In the last few years his declining health and resulting limits on intellectual pursuits disappointed him.

An only child whose parents, Rocco and Lillilan, predeceased him, he is survived by loving cousins in the Cleveland area, especially Joseph and Rosemarie De Luca and their descendants.

At Jim’s direction there will be no services.