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James Forstall - General Interest

James Forstall was one of the first employees at Sangamon State University when it opened in 1970 as a new type of institution, designed to be innovative and progressive in its approach to higher education. By 1974, Forstall had moved to Lincoln Land Community College, also in Springfield, early in that institution's history as well. He served as the Vice President of Student Affairs, working closely with the school's president, Robert Poorman. He also served as the Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and became very active in many civic organizations around the Springfield area.

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Feature Excerpt

1968 Democratic Convention

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Moving to Springfield, National Guard, Democratic National Convention, Move to Sangamon State University

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Lincoln Land Community College, Sangamon State life on campus, working with Robert Spencer, emergence of importance of Public Affairs, Building of Campus

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Role of Diversity in higher education, Difficulties of working as a person of color

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Remarks on leadership role in Military Officer Association and Illini Club


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James was elected student body vice-president for his class at Vallejo College in 1949. He is shown, third from the left in the school sweater, with his fellow student body officers. James lettered in both basketball and track.

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Vallejo College

When:

1949

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James graduated and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Riley, Kansas in 1950.

Where:

Fort Riley, Kansas

When:

1950's

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Lieutenant Colonel James Forstall served as the Regular Army Advisor to the Illinois Army National Guard from 1968 to 1970. That assignment brought him to Springfield, Illinois.

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Springfield, Illinois

When:

1968 to 1970

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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LTC Jim Forstall laid a wreath at Lincoln’s Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery, marking Lincoln’s 160th birthday in February, 1969. LTC Forstall represented President Richard Nixon at the ceremony. The President later sent Jim a signed copy of the photo.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

February, 1969

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Alex Haley, the author of the huge best seller, Roots, met with James (right) and Homer Butler (left) during a visit to Sangamon State University in the mid-1970s for a special presentation of his book.

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Springfield, Illinois

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mid-1970s

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Narrator’s photo

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James Forstall was chosen to be a judge on the selection committee for the Copley First Citizen Award in 1976. The award is given every year to a citizen who has helped “make Springfield, Illinois a better place.”

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Springfield, Illinois

When:

1976

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State Journal-Register photo. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator

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James worked as vice-president for student affairs at Lincoln Land Community College when this photo appeared in the State Journal-Register on June 11, 1977. “I never thought there were any restrictions on what I could do,” said Forstall for the article.

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Springfield, Illinois

When:

June 11, 1977

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Springfield State Journal-Register photo. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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James served as the Administrative Assistant to Sangamon State University’s President, Robert Spencer, when this photo was taken in 1978.

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Springfield, Illinois

When:

1978

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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James was serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Lincoln Land Community College when this picture was taken in the school’s student union in 1979.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1979

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Narrator’s photo

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Helen Lockley Torregano, James’ mother, was most likely making gumbo for the family in the early 1980’s in her New Orleans home.

Where:

New Orleans

When:

early 1980’s

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Narrator’s photo

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James graduated from Illinois State University in Bloomington with a Ph.D. in Higher Education in 1985.

Where:

Bloomington, Illinois

When:

1985

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Narrator’s photo

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Jim took this formal portrait in 2007.

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Unknown

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2007

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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James and Giovanna Forstall, taken in 2007.

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Unknown

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2007

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James received the Magnificant Award from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for his outstanding service to God and neighbors on December 8, 2013. He had been active member of St. Agnes Parish for several decades.

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Springfield, Illinois

When:

December 8, 2013

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Narrator’s photo

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This photo accompanied the October 11, 2015 State Journal-Register’s article about Jim’s nomination for Springfield’s First Citizen Award. He was not selected, but his nominations was a tribute to Jim’s role as a civic leader for several decades.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

October 11, 2015

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State Journal-Register photo. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Dr. James Forstall received an award from the Springfield State Journal Register as a finalist for the First Citizen Award, in honor of outstanding service to the Springfield community in October, 2015.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

October, 2015

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Narrator’s photo

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The Forstall family portrait, taken in 2015. In the back row, left to right are Stephanie, son Gregory, Tami, Giovanna, James, Doris, and son Giulo. In the front row are Gabrielle, Savannah, and Shanna.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

2015

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The Forstall men: Giulo, James and Gregory during the boys’ visit to Springfield in 2015.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

2015

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.



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