A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Gil Lain, pastor of Paramount Baptist Church, will officiate. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Dr. Kidd was born to Wesley C. and Della Elizabeth (Kate) McEntire Kidd in Hamlin, Texas on March 14, 1928. He was the youngest of eight children. Jim attended public schools in Hamlin, Texas, dropping out during the war to work as a brakeman for the Santa Fe Railroad. Two years later, he returned to school and graduated from Hamlin High School in 1948. He graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1951 and a Master’s degree in Education in 1952. He received a Ph.D in Educational Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1967.
Jim married Sue Carole Kagler in San Antonio in 1949. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 47 years, in 1996; and his beloved granddaughter, Kelsey Lauren Kidd, in 2005.
Survivors include three children, Jimmy Michael Kidd and wife, Vicki, of Austin; Melissa Ann Herber and husband, David, of Dallas; and Christopher Merrill Kidd and wife, Ann, also of Dallas. Jim had eight grandchildren, Joshua Kidd and wife Christine; April Kidd Godina and husband, James; Katie Kidd; Benjamin Herber and wife, Rachel; Caroline Newsom and husband, Jonathan; the late Kelsey Kidd, Samuele Kidd and Elizabeth Kidd. Great-grandsons include Dylan and James Godina, and Reid Newsom.
Dr. Kidd began his career in education in 1952, as an art teacher. He taught at Elizabeth Nixon Junior High, Stephen F. Austin Junior High School and Amarillo High School in Amarillo. In 1956 he became the principal of Morton High School in Morton, Texas, returning to Amarillo in 1958 as assistant junior high school principal, and later as principal at Bowie Junior High School. In 1963, at the age of 35, he was selected as the first principal of Caprock High School. Upon receiving his doctorate in 1967, he served as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education of the Amarillo Public Schools. In 1969, he was selected as Associate Professor of Education at West Texas A&M University. He later served as Head of the Department of Secondary Education and as Dean of the College of Education. In 1975, he became Associate Commissioner at the Texas Education Agency in Austin. Dr. Kidd returned to West Texas A&M University in 1981 as Professor of Education and served as Dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences from 1985 to 1991. He retired from WTA&MU in 1991.
Jim was a member of Paramount Baptist Church and was a life member of Texas Exes, the National Education Association and the Texas State Teachers Association. He also held memberships in Texas and Amarillo Retired Teachers Associations, and the Order of the Red, Red, Rose. He enjoyed working with elementary students as a HOST volunteer. Although he felt that serving as the first principal of the Caprock Longhorns and as dean at West Texas A&M were two of the most important professional accomplishments, he thoroughly enjoyed teaching and working with students and faculty, ranging from grade seven through graduate school.
Jim loved and valued spending time with his family and was always the life of any family gathering with his quick wit and keen sense of humor. He always enjoyed returning to Hamlin for reunions and visiting with childhood friends. He was a talented artist, genealogist, computer programmer, avid reader, and dedicated volunteer. Being an enthusiastic football fan, he faithfully followed the Caprock Longhorns, U.T. Longhorns, and the Dallas Cowboys. His forty-year love of camping in the family Airstream has been passed down to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandsons.
The family extends their gratitude to special people that enriched Jim’s later years, neighbor, Danny Flippo; Gaylia Cochran; Silverado, Presbyterian Village North, and Acappela, Dallas; and Dr. Diana Kerwin.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Jim and Sue Carole Kidd Scholarship Fund at West Texas A&M University. Address: WT Foundation, WT Box 60766, memo: Kidd Scholarship.