Jim was a friend for decades. I worked with him and the late Professor Charles Beroes in teaching a short course in advance of several International Conferences on Coal Gasification, Liquefaction, and Conversion to Electricity.
His interest and activity in two professional societies, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) was considerable, and I spent many hours with him both in national and local meetings devoted to these organizations.
Jim was always an optimist, and my mental image of him is one who had almost unlimited zeal for his work.
I had a number of discussions with him concerning his religious beliefs and thoroughly enjoyed these moments.
He was a valuable coleague, and I pray that his strong religious beliefs will bring some comfort to his family.
Sincerely, Alan J. Brainard, Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh