May 30, 1941-November 8, 2012 Peacefully on November 8th, 2012, from cancer, at the age of 71.
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Jim was born, raised and educated in the US, but his adult life was spent in Canada and he was a proud citizen and lover of the Frozen North. After getting his Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of Chicago, he became a Professor of Chemistry and later Director of Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry at McGill University. He was very fortunate to spend a year with Glenn Seaborg at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, and also had experiments at the Los Alamos, Argonne and Brookhaven National Labs, as well as Oxford U. and UK Atomic Energy in England and the National Institutes of Nuclear Physics in Milan and Catania, Italy. His love was science, but his passion was teaching. He taught freshman chemistry to over 10,000 students during his 32 years at McGill. He later met and married Susan Metheny and shared the last fifteen years of his life loving, laughing and including much travel with her, while living in Oakland, Ca. During that time he taught for six years at Bentley School, in Lafayette. He leaves his three daughters, Betsy (David Fraser) of Halifax, Stephanie, of Toronto, and Catherine (Darryl Edwards) of Hudson, and five grandchildren, Jack, Tom and Matt Fraser and Gracie and Tess Edwards. From Susan he also acquired her four children, Alan Matheny, Johnny "Love" Metheny, Molly Lewis and Anne Bone, and eight grandchildren. The family would like to thank Kaiser Hospice, and most especially Tonya Lyons RN for her compassionate care.
Published in The Gazette from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2012