James Gordon Place died at home in Edgartown on March 21, surrounded by his wife, Martha Wannamaker and his two children, Lila and Julien. He was 75.

He was born Dec. 15, 1942 in Morrison, Ill. He was a professor of philosophy and chairman of the department at U Mass Dartmouth for 35 years.

He loved the game of golf and insisted walking all 18 holes. His favorite golf buddy was his brother John Place.

James was a passionate reader of philosophy and literature, painter, guitar player and banjo picker. In his own words “a jack of all trades...and master of none (except golf).”

He is survived by his wife, Martha Wannamaker, children Julien and Lila, their spouses Laura and Paolo, his grandchildren Asher, Ariel, Ezra, Chloe and Annabel Liv, and his beloved dogs Miguel and Matteo. He will be deeply missed.