James W. Swift was employed by the Charlottesville School System on September 1, 1947, and worked at Venable Elementary School for 16 years. He worked at Johnson Elementary School from 1963 until his retirement in 1987. A patient and loving man, he was always a friend to staff members and children. Working with wood and helping in church activities were his favorite hobbies. 
Remembering James Swift 
- Johnson Elementary School Press release, 1987.
- Memorabilia assembled and curated by Nancy Lambert, former Instructional Coordinator, Johnson Elementary School, assisted by Carol Zimorski, and Ruth Kastenmayer. Thank you to Peggy Holsapple, former Instructional Assistant at Johnson School, for making her album available to us as we tell our story.