My Friend . . . Jim Underwood

Jim Underwood
Jim Underwood

[Jim on a mountain.]

I have always been very careful with the word friend. I think most throw around the word much too casually, much too casually. I know a lot of people, have a lot of acquaintance’s, but friends-very few.

My definition has, and always will be someone you can call at 3AM and they will bail you out-without question. They’re gonna give you a lot of shit, and ride your ass, but deservedly so. They’re allowed because; after all, they are our friend.

Jim has left a wide path and has touched a lot of people’s lives. His is the kind of life led that should be on the news, it was a positive life, a productive life, a life lived well, lived always in search of the great wonders this World is capable of showing those that search. But Jim will not be on the 6:00 o’clock news, he wouldn’t want that. his was a life of substance-not perception.

Good bye Jim, all of us that you touched will have a space reserved for your memories, and the World is a lesser place without you.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


  1. Rick,

    Yeah, I agree. I will miss Jim. I am deeply reminded of the really fine people that I have known who have met an untimely death at an early age. It certainly makes one want to be as present as possible when we are gathered with friends.


    Well put Ken. Time is the one thing we are not getting back.
    The next gathering of the Stone Foundation will have a hole that won’t be filled.

  2. Sad news Rick. Thanks for letting it be known. I met Jim a number of times at SF events and we always got on well together. He was encouraging, very knowledgeable, ready to jump in and give a hand and always wanted to bring people together to do good work. He will be missed.

  3. I am touched by your feelings for Jim, whom I have never known. May God bless his soul. But, this reminds me of people who have had an untimely death. I have lost some very near and dear people in my life and know that nothing can replace the warmth they bring into the lives of those around them. May you have the courage to go on during the trying times when Jim is not around.

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