James Burns McDowell, 79, died Sunday (Jan. 11, 2015) at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
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A celebration of his life was held on Saturday in Sherman Oaks.
Jim was born May 19, 1935, in Philadelphia, son of the late James Russell McDowell and Kathleen Burns. Jim graduated with the Bradford High School Class of 1954, where he was a multi-sport athlete. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958, and graduated from the Dickinson School of Law in 1962.
Jim was a long-time corporate attorney for the Prudential Insurance Company of America and a certified Major League Baseball player agent. He coached youth league baseball over several decades, during which time he coached his son, Jack, who went on to become a significant Major League Baseball player (three-time All-Star and the 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner). Jim was also an animal lover, social commentator and a skilled driving instructor.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judith (Bradford High Class of 1954); daughter, Jamie; sons, Jim (Maureen), Jeff (Ann) and Jack (Kerrie); seven grandchildren, Lucas, Emmett, Olivia, Molly, Rhett, Casey and Rory; as well as sisters, Karen Phillips of Bradford, Marsha Sands (Bob) of Norwalk, Ohio, and Barbara Lockman (Scott) of Washington, D.C.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Kathy; and his close friend, Roo.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29, 2015