James Terence Havel died on May 24, 2019 in Portland after a brief illness. Jim was born in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. 

Jim dedicated his life to public service. He was a Committee Administrator for the State Senate for 12 years. He served on the Salem-Keizer School Board. He later moved to Washington D.C. where he was instrumental in

creating the Americans with Disabilities Act and was national vice president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. In 1996, Jim published his 2-volume book, US Presidents and the Elections; A Biographical and Historical Guide.

Jim is survived by his wife, Roberta Feinstein Havel, their daughter Lianna Havel; his three children from his first marriage; Julie Long, Emily Havel and Jay Havel. Service has been held. Contributions in his name may be made to the ACLU.