Board member dies after sudden illness
- Written by Cynthia Calvert & Patsy Oliver
Humble ISD board of trustees president Jim Eggers died Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, due to a tear in the aorta. Many in the community might only recognize the name Jim Eggers from his position on the board, but to countless others he was a dear friend and respected colleague. Eggers fell ill on Sunday, Dec. 16, and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Life Flight. There, doctors discovered that his aorta had a tear. The next day, Eggers underwent a tedious operation that extended into the early morning hours of Dec. 18. He died while in surgery. Eggers was first elected to the school board in 2004 and began serving as president this year. He also served on the board of his church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, in Kingwood. Eggers, 47, was a certified public accountant and partner at KMPG LLP. He excelled in the field of accounting, handling some of the firm's largest energy clients, and was Audit Sector Leader for the U.S. Energy Practice. He also served on the boards of SEARCH, a downtown homeless service organization, and the Downtown Houston Association. Prior to serving on the school board, Eggers served on the 2002 Humble ISD Bond Review Committee. "No one I ever met was more giving of his time talent and energy than Jim Eggers. Jim's highest priority was for every Humble ISD student to achieve academic excellence. His personal sacrifice and commitment to that commitment made a difference for literally everyone in our school district family. His special leadership will continue to guide us because his spirit will forever be with us," said Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo. At Christ the King he was a confirmation leader, adult and youth Sunday school teacher, marriage class leader, and was the Chair of the 2005 Church Vision and capital building campaign. Pastor Al Doering described Jim Eggers as "a man who was deeply committed to Jesus Christ, his family, and his community. He will be deeply missed." "Jim was a quiet man, but when he spoke, people paid attention, because of his keen insight," added Pastor Doyle Theimer. Church members shared in their pastors' respect for Eggers. "He was a faithful man. He answered the call to service and recognized the responsibilities with which he was charged. What a blessing to have known and " Foremost in his life, Eggers was a family man. He is survived by his wife, Janine, and their six children; three boys and three girls: Whitney, 23, a graduate of Trinity University; twins Kaley and Lauren, 20, attending Baylor University as juniors; Spencer, 17; Parker, 15; and Conner, 13. Lynn Fields served with Eggers on the school board and she offered some "The beautiful thing is that Jim had the opportunity to visit with each of his children individually before he went into surgery. He had such a strong faith in God and I know that God blessed him with that opportunity," said Fields. She added that it had been a pleasure to work with Eggers on the school board. "Jim was a gift to our board, a calm and gentle man with the ability to evaluate issues with not only the financial interests in mind, but more important, with the welfare of our children at the forefront. He was a man of character, with a strong belief in God and His importance in our lives, and I am grateful to have known and served with him. His presence will be sorely missed," said Fields. Other school board member expressed similar comments. "Jim Eggers was a great leader and a true family man who had a great faith in God. He was always there for me when I had a concern about the community or the district. He will leave very large shoes to fill on the board and I will really miss him," said Dan Huberty. "Our district family will sorely miss Jim. His wisdom, intelligence and leadership have helped to guide our school district through difficult times. He served as a trustee not for personal recognition or for any reward, but to make the place where he lived better for all of us. I will always remember him," said Keith Lapeze. Board member Bonnie Longnion added, "Jim was an exceptional board member and president. He had a special ability to listen carefully to all of the facts and opinions and very concisely offer a well articulated solution to an issue. I have always admired his integrity, commitment, high expectations for the district, sense of humor and intelligence. I also admired his devotion to his family, community and work. I respected his ability to always present a hopeful future. His presence on our board and his leadership in our district and community will be missed." A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 22, at Christ the King Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Jim Eggers Memorial Fund c/o Christ the King Lutheran Church. For tributes and guest book services, please visit www.mem.com.