Dedicated, compassionate, fearless and selfless crusader for the vulnerable, those are just a few of the words used to describe James Foley at a special service at Northwestern University Thursday night.
Born and raised in Evanston, Jim or “Jimmy” as he was called by family and friends was a devout Catholic of conscience and caring.
He graduated from Marquette and taught for several years, then returned to school earning a masters from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
Foley was kidnapped by Syrian militants from ISIS. The pentagon even tried to rescue him and some other kidnappees but they had been moved.
He then was beheaded in August in a now infamous video posted by his captors.
Family, friends and former teachers gather Thursday night to honor and remember him. His mother was in attendance as well and says she is so grateful for the outpouring of adulation for her son and the support for herself and her husband.
The family has Established the James Foley Legacy fund to raise money for aspiring journalism students.
He will be posthumously awarded the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism December 3rd