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“Professor Pletcher was one of my favorite professors at Brooklyn College, certainly the most enthusiastic and probably the funniest. There is one...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Jenn Autumn Li - Brooklyn, NY

“Dearest Pletcher family,James and I crossed paths at Brooklyn college where he was my professor. I didn't know at the time, but boy was I in for a...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Roman Blekhman - Brooklyn, NY

“Mr Pletcher must have been the one favorite professor I had in Brooklyn College. He had so much passion for Greek history, but that passion bled...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Joshua Ali - Bronx, NY - Student

“I had Professor Pletcher countless times as a undergraduate student in Brooklyn College a decade ago. I wanted to email him about my accomplishments...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Nadia A - Fresh Meadows, NY

“I had Professor Pletcher as a lecturer last fall. I remember how personable he was, and how passionate he was in his teaching others. More so, I...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Avram Alter - student

“Jim was my professor but he became my friend. We had many great conversations about life, our shared love of film and music, and disdain for the...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Ilona Struzik - Friend

“I could not have been more shocked to hear about Jim and my deepest condolences go out to Gerri and his family. I know how very proud Bob and Gerri...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Angel Unger - Pittsburgh, PA

“I shared many classes with Jim in high school and recall his easy smile, his conviction, and his intelligence. May eternal light shine upon him and...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Carolyn (Perpetua) Astfalk - PA

“He was looked up to by us younger wrestling teammates. We admired him for his hard work and effort. He helped teach and inspire the younger...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Eric Kramer - Pittsburgh, PA

“When I was a student at Brooklyn College, my classmates called me Little Pletch. I was embarrassed that my adoration of Jim was so obvious, and did...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: James Burdick - Student

“When I was a student at Brooklyn College, my classmates called me Little Pletch. I was embarrassed that my adoration of Jim was so obvious, and did...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: James Burdick - Student

“When I was a student at Brooklyn College, my classmates called me Little Pletch. I was embarrassed that my adoration of Jim was so obvious, and did...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: James Burdick - Student

“Taught me all there is to know about reading and understanding greek tragedy. Truly a man with a great mind. Thank you professor. ”
13 of 28 | Posted by: Nolan Frontera - Brooklyn, NY

“He was a great professor and I looked forward to his classes. I enjoyed talking to him about life. ”
14 of 28 | Posted by: Eddie Bujans - Sheridan, WY

“I write this with deep regret and sadness. James was head and shoulders above the professors that I had at Brooklyn College or elsewhere. I was in...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Antonio Aubry - New York, NY

“With heartfelt sympathies Gerri. Sending you lots of love and wishing you much peace at this very sad time. xoxo Luann & Jeff Fennick ”
16 of 28 | Posted by: Luann & Jeff Fennick - Baden, PA

“I adored Professor Pletcher so much that I ended up taking multiple classes of his even though they had nothing to do with my major. He was always so...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Rava Raab - BROOKLYN, NY

“The discussions in his class, most notably about the Iliad, are among the most poignant and influential memories of my time at Brooklyn College....Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Billy Michaca - New York, NY

“I knew Jim from his time at Penn and Philo specifically. One of my favorite photos from our time at Penn is of Jim and me in black tie attire playing...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Heather Barlow - Chesapeake, VA

“Sorry to hear this very sad news. My thoughts are with the family. ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Chris Bland - Glasgow Scotland

“Jim and I shared an office at Brooklyn College. I miss him terribly, to the point of tears, and so does everyone we worked with, and all the students...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Philip Thibodeau Thibodeau - CT

“I met Jim after I moved from Pa. to Brooklyn in 2012 to work at Hostos Community College, also a CUNY college. I was looking for a place in the...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Rich Pietras - Brooklyn, NY

“My heart is hurting for you and your family. There are no words that could possibly be said. Listening and hearing are the best support I can offer....Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Sharon Higham - HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY

“My condolences to the family. May all the beautiful memories shared help you through this difficult time. ”
24 of 28 | Posted by: Arilys Palacios - West New York, NJ

“I'm so sorry ~ words can't express how sad. I'm thinking of you all & praying for you Jim will never be forgotten. Love you, Gerri. xxoo ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Kim Yanuskiewicz - Moosup, CT

“Jim was a devoted educator and friend. I can't express how big a loss this is. ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Peter Coyle - Philadelphia, PA

“My condolences. I met him while I was there. So sorry ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Evangelos Bourlotos - Brooklyn, NY

“Professor Pletcher made the Greek and Roman classics come alive. His passion and sheer good humor could take a class of students trying to fulfill a...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Yosef Travis - Brooklyn, NY


James Alan Pletcher was born December 5th, 1970 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Geraldine and Robert K. Pletcher. In his early years, Jim developed a deep passion for team sports graduating from Canevin High School in 1989 with a varsity letter in wrestling. Jim went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in the Greek and Latin. During his college years, Jim was a member of the varsity wrestling team and the Philomathean Literary Society. Jim went on to study at St. Andrews University in Scotland, earning his PhD in Classical Studies in 1998. Upon his return to the United States, Jim worked at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts until he moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2002 to join the teaching faculty at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Following the tradition of his parents, Bob and Gerri, Jim was passionate about his vocation as an educator. He taught continuously at Brooklyn College, receiving a Certificate of Continuous Employment in 2011, and having just completed the spring semester after successfully navigating the pivot to remote learning. Jim was renowned for his love of meaningful conversation, search for truth, and abhorrence of injustice. No matter where he traveled in the world, Jim always spread his love and extensive knowledge of his hometown Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers. He will be dearly missed by his mother, Geraldine and his brother, Jon (Brooke). Jim will also be missed by his many relatives, friends, and colleagues. Jim's family will be eternally grateful for the way he touched the lives of his nephews, Noah, Joshua, and Andrew. He instilled in them the value of understanding our past so that we could improve our condition by always questioning the status quo. Services will be private by family only. Loved one's can join in on ZOOM for a Celebration of Life, Friday at 2:00p.m. Meeting ID 9590432809 password is funeral. Arrangements entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, Scott Twp (412-563-2800). www.slaterfuneral.com