Professor Jim Wilcox, (1952 - 2016) "The Grammar Hammer," served the Department of English at Southern Nazarene University for more than 36 years. Long time newspaper faculty advisor, writer, mentor, colleague, and prankster, Jim Wilcox wore all labels well, but none can fully describe the positive and joyful influence he had on so many.
(Sept. 19, 1952 - May 25, 2016) Professor Jim Wilcox, "The Grammar Hammer," newspaper faculty advisor, mentor, college pastor, colleague, Dad, Pop, husband, brother, son and servant are the roles Jim Wilcox had during life, but none can fully describe the positive and joyful influence he had on so many. Jim was born Sept. 19, 1952, to Galen and Gwen Crawford Wilcox and grew up in San Jose, California, where he graduated from high school.
He and his twin brother, John, moved to Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, where Jim earned a B.A. in English. He did graduate work at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and later earned an M.A. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In 1979, Jim and his wife Linda moved to Oklahoma, where he began a 36- year career as an English and Journalism professor at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK.
Jim and Linda served as college pastors at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene and Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene. He was the faculty sponsor of the SNU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and faculty advisor for 30 years of "The [Reveille] Echo" student newspaper. He was the recipient of the SNU Excellence in Teaching Award and the Faculty Performance Award, recognized by his students and colleagues. He taught students and colleagues to see the people others missed, to be kind to the poor, to give to those in need and to live life to the fullest.