James R. Roach

The Department of Government is sorry to report the passing of James Roach, government professor emeritus. Jim had a long and distinguished career that included prize-winning teaching in international relations, South Asian politics, and U.S. foreign policy. A veteran of World War Two, where he accompanied General MacArthur on his return to the Philippines and personally strode to shore to plant the American flag on one of the islands, Jim received his Ph.D. from Harvard and taught at Texas beginning in 1949. He held several administrative positions at the university, interrupted his academic life to spend four years as cultural attaché in the American embassy in New Delhi, and built and maintained close friendships with hundreds of former students around the globe. He will be remembered for tapping out letter after letter using two fingers on an antique manual typewriter. In 2000, the James R. Roach Endowed Fund in American Foreign Relations was established in his honor. He died peacefully in his home while under hospice care.