April 11, 1946 - June 25, 2013 |
Born in Flint, Michigan, raised as a youngster in the 1940's, 50's and 60's in the small town atmosphere of Glendale, California, he thrived as a student graduating from Glendale High School and Glendale College. He then earned a degree in Biochemistry from UCI in 1969. Upon graduation he earned a Fellowship to the University of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1972. He went on to earn two Doctorate Degrees; Educational Psychology from USC in 1976 and in Finance from Claremont Graduate School of Finance in 1987. In-between, he earned several Master's Degrees; USC - International Relations in 1974, Claremont Graduate School - Executive Management and Finance in 1984.
His multifaceted interests in medicine and finance management led to his own consulting business, to include over 100 corporate multinational and heath care organizations domestically and abroad. He earned the title of Distinguished Professor at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Business in 1987 and was featured in a Wall Street Journal Article regarding his business ethics class that included escorting students into the Federal Prison to interview inmates convicted of business crimes and the circumstances of their decisions. At USC he was Director of Health Care Education at the Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Schools, 1973 - 1978. At Loyola University, he served as Director of Graduate Studies in International Business, 1978 - 1987.
With his consulting, international business exposure and teaching, he was given the opportunity to travel the world many times over. His first trip to Europe was at 19 years of age on summer vacation; since then travel was his passion. Having worked in Germany for a couple of years while attending school, he took his Volkswagen bus at every spare moment across the continent including Africa and Middle East. His adventurous spirit inspired a solo motorcycle trip from Southern California to the northern tip of the Alaska Inland Highway. His last adventure was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
A few months after returning home from a difficult but successful summit, his medical condition became apparent. Jim was diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Lobar Degeneration, a form of Dementia.
Jim is survived by his daughter Jessica, his sister Rosemary, his brother Michael and two nieces, Kimberly and Shannon as well as their children.
He was a kind, thoughtful, generous man, who will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 7, 2013