James Francis Kattinge 84, went peacefully to Heaven with his family by his side on Monday, October 28, 2013. Jim was born in Chester, PA. After his high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy as part of the 6th Fleet, USS Ruchamkin. Upon his honorable discharge Jim received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania Military College; thereafter, he was hired by Princeton University to work at the Princeton-Pennsylvania Accelerator Project, where he met his wife, Luz. Jim was named Associate Director at the Office of Research and Project Administration, as well as Secretary of the University Research Board. In 1977, he moved to Tucson to take over the responsibilities of Administrative Director of Kitt Peak National Observatory, finishing his career at Garrett Air Research (now Honeywell), retiring in 1994. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 54 years, six children, Maria Faircloth, Rick (Kirsten), Cece (Paul) Calvin, Jim, Brian and Michelle (Jim) Weingart; nine grandchildren, Ben, Michael, Cassie, Amber, Courtney, Chris, Nick, Dan, Addison and 11 great-grandchildren (with two on the way). Jim is survived by his two sisters, Elaine and Cecile. He is preceded in death by his father, James; mother, Cora and sister, Adis. Jim had a kind, supportive and encouraging heart. He valued his many friends and precious times with his family. A Celebration of Jim's life will take place at St. Pius Catholic Church, on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Peppi's House, TMC Hospice in honor of James. Jim will be interred at All Faiths Cemetery in Tucson.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 3, 2013