Dr. James E. Brandt

Dr. James “Jim” Brandt, 83, of Minot, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in his home. Jim’s life was well spent teaching and helping others.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1929, in Cleveland, Tenn., to Max and Edrie (Bowen) Brandt, of Ryder. After residing around the country he graduated from Willow City High School in 1949. His journey in Minot began at Northwest Bible College (where he later taught) after becoming a licensed minister and graduating with an associate of arts degree from Lee College in Tennessee. He worked at Samuelson’s Shoe Store while attending Minot State College, where he received his bachelor of science degree, then went on to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. at Iowa State University.

Jim was dedicated to his career as a licensed psychologist. He worked as a psychology professor, was dean of students, and head of the counseling center at Minot State University. He spent many hours timing the MSU boys basketball games.

He served as a staff psychologist at the Medical Arts Clinic, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Trinity Hospital, all in Minot. Jim was a consultant for REM of North Dakota Inc., Northern Plains Special Education, Minne-Tohe Health Clinic in New Town, and Little Shield of Belcourt.

Jim taught workshops for Minot Air Force Base and was known for his humor in the many speeches he gave. One of his favorites was “How to Live Sane in a Crazy, Mixed Up World.” He also worked at Unimed and was with Psychiatric Services at Arrowhead Shopping Center for many years.

Dr. Brandt was held in high regard by his clients, friends, and family. Jim received the Minot Sertoma Service to Mankind Award in 1981 and served as the president of the American Lung Association of North Dakota from 2001-2003. Other professional organizations he was involved with included the American Psychological Association, North Dakota Psychological Association, American Association of Counseling and Development, the North Dakota Personnel Association, and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

Jim married Roberta Joyce Short on Aug. 18, 1973, in Warren, Mich. They made their home in Minot. He was a longtime member of the Church of God, an avid collector of John Deere tractors, and a University of Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Jim’s loving family includes: his wife, Joyce, of 40 years; son, Dr. Jerel (Lisa) Brandt, of Michigan; grandchildren, Samuel, Gabriella, and Isabell; sisters, Darlene Fred and Maxine (Rex) James, both of Minot; brothers, Ted (Sally) Brandt, Cleveland, Tenn., and Ralph (Vernetta) Brandt, Minot; brother-in-law, John Juhala; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna Juhala; and brother-in-law, James Fred.

Celebration of the Life of Dr. James “Jim” Brandt: Will be on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. in West Minot Church of God, Minot.

Interment: Will be at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Today, July 10, from 2 to 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, with sharing of memories at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials: Are preferred to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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