Kewanee School District Remembers Mr. James Golby


The Kewanee School District is mourning the loss of longtime educator and Superintendent Emeritus, Mr. James Golby.  Kewanee School District Superintendent, Dr. Chris Sullens said “The students and staff at KHS will greatly miss seeing and speaking with Mr. Golby. As Superintendent Emeritus, he maintained an office near his original Ag classroom since his retirement.” Kewanee School District Students, like myself, attended school under Mr. Golby’s leadership and graduated with his children.  Mr. Golby will be missed and always remembered.

James L GolbyMarch 2, 1927 – November 12, 2023  (age 96)

Wife: Alice Ann (Princeville native)Received Teaching Degree in Home Economics from Marycrest (Preceded in death July 15, 2021)


Mrs. Katherine Stewart

Spouse: Eric Stewart

Children: Sarah Burd, Ethan, and Melissa

Grandchild:  Sadie Burd

Mrs. Margaret Gustafson

Spouse: Craig Gustafson

Children:  Matthew, Dr. Alison McDonald, and ElizabethWitty

Dr Angela Golby

Lt. Col (US Army, Ret.) Dr. James T Golby

Spouse: Kristen

Children: Kathleen, Madelyn, John David, Luke, & Peter

Jim Golby was a native of rural Neponset, located just eight miles east of Kewanee.  Immediately after graduating from Neponset High School, he entered the United States Army.

Upon discharge from the Army, he enrolled at:

12/46-3/48Western State College (Western IL University) and then transferred to

9/48-2/50University of IL Major – Agriculture/Minor – Biology & General Science

BS 1950

MS6/15/52(Administrative Degree)

1950-1951Geneseo High School Agriculture Teacher

1951-1962Kewanee High SchoolAgriculture Teacher and Director of Veteran’s

Training Program (he also taught ag classes at night to veterans at KHS) and Advisor to Future Farmers of America

1962-1966Kewanee High SchoolPrincipal

1966-1967Kewanee High SchoolPrincipal and Superintendent Elect

1967-1998Kewanee CUSD #229 Superintendent

1998- 11/12/2023Kewanee CUSD #229Superintendent Emeritus

1961Recipient of Valley Forge Classroom Teachers Medal

1963Kewanee’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year by Junior Chamber of Commerce

1978Honored by IL State Board of Education “Those Who ExCel Program”

1984Outstanding Citizen Award by Kewanee Chamber of Commerce

1998Kewanee High School “Honorary Boilermaker”

2012James L Golby Student Center at Kewanee High School named in his honor

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