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Dr. James E. Foxworthy

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FOXWORTHY, Dr. James E. (1930-2009) "A scholar and a gentleman." James Ernest Foxworthy, beloved teacher, husband and father, passed away at his home on Sunday, April 5th due to complications of Parkinson's disease. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by his beloved wife, Peggy, and family. He was 79. Born in Los Angeles in 1930, Jim attended Redondo Union High School where he lettered in basketball and football, and most importantly, where he met the love of his life, Peggy Lou Jones. Jim and Peg were married on August 20, 1950 before Jim, a Recon Sergeant, 578th Combat Engineer Battalion, shipped out to Japan and then to serve in Korea. Their first of seven children, Michael, arrived during Jim's service, followed by Paula, John, Maryellen, Timothy, Stephen and Brian. Returning from Korea to a budding family, Jim completed studies at El Camino College and then at the University of Southern California, ultimately achieving a Doctorate in Civil Engineering. An intervening teaching fellowship at the University of Wisconsin roused Jim's interest in what would become his second lifelong love - education. Jim began teaching engineering at Loyola University of Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount University) in 1958, the springtime of a career spanning almost five decades. Under Dr. Foxworthy's leadership, the College of Engineering received national accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, a touchstone for the program and the University. Recognizing his administrative skill, the University tapped him for several administrative positions throughout his tenure, including a four-year term as Executive Vice President. No doubt, however, Jim would say his greatest professional achievements were with his students, among them a son, daughter-in-law and grandson-in-law, many friends and an extraordinary number of current and future leaders in engineering in California and around the world. From the outset, the Loyola Jesuits' dedicated teaching style influenced and complemented Jim's patience and compassion with his students. Affectionately referred to as "Dr. Fox" or simply "Doc," Jim taught and mentored thousands of LMU engineering students throughout his tenure, a true "Builder of Engineers." He was named Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, honored by the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering with its Education Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Engineering Profession, and was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society, among many others. Away from the lecture hall, Jim enjoyed camping trips with family and friends to Crestline, the Sierra Nevada and Big Sur, and vacations to England, Hawaii and Palm Desert. Jim and Peg visited England several times in pursuit of Jim's English heritage, including a summer as visiting professor at the University of Canterbury. Jim assisted the World Health Organization in development of water treatment projects in locations such as Rio de Janeiro and Barbados, but always returned to San Pedro, California, where he was a 50-year resident. Jim is preceded in death by sons, Stephen and Brian; and daughter, Paula. Jim is survived by his wife, Peggy; sons, Michael (wife Vicki), John (wife Stacey Jones), and Timothy; daughter, Maryellen (husband Sam); and son-in-law, John Stuckmeyer. Jim was greatly blessed with the love of eleven grandchildren: Mike Jr. and wife Brooke, Aaron, Erin and husband, Nicholas Smal, Colleen, Natalie, Chris, Matthew, Tim, Andrew, Samantha and Mason. As our Jim would have quoted, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7. A funeral mass is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel on the Loyola Marymount campus. Burial will be private. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Loyola Marymount University, Attn: Erin Hanson, 1 LMU Drive, Suite 2800, Los Angeles, CA 90045, and in the memo line: In Memory of James Foxworthy. McNerney's Mortuary 310-832-8351
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2009
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