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Jim McCormick

1921 - 2013

James Earl McCormick was born in Britt, Iowa on July 10, 1921. He moved to Fort Collins, Colorado at age six. A lover of all sports in his youth, he participated in state ice hockey and softball tournaments. He studied electrical engineering at Colorado A&M for two years. During World War II he joined the Marine Corps and had combat experience with the Second Marine Division on five Pacific Islands including Saipan, Okinawa and Tinian. After the war, he became a business major at Denver University. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles. He later earned an MBA with honors from USC in Management and an MS in Finance. Jim spent 18 years with the Arthur Murray organization beginning in 1946. He was awarded the Best Manager award in 1953. He became Executive Vice President of the corporation. He organized the Medal Balls, charitable events which were televised from the Hollywood Palladium. During this time he served on the Los Angeles County Board of Mental Health along with Jack Warner, Jr. and Steve Allen. He was also the V.P. of the Long Beach Psychiatric Children's Clinic. Jim spent seven years as owner of Automation Institute of Long Beach. The school tied as the best computer school in the United States in a competition run by Computer World. Jim then spent five years as a consultant to a large land owner in the Chino Hills. Working on a proposed master plan of 13,000 acres, he represented landowners and builders while working with the county staff, land planners, and local citizens. After numerous presentations to the San Bernardino Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, the plan was adopted. The area is now the home of about 80,000 people. The highlight of his business career was working with Sid and Jenny Craig. As Vice President of Development, he was in charge of the company's expansion. He found locations and contractors, negotiated leases, and worked with government representatives until the opening day of each centre. In its peak year, Jim's department opened over 200 locations. He was active in civic affairs including 30 years with the Santa Monica and Long Beach Optimist Clubs (past President), five years with Rotary Club of La Costa (Paul Harris Fellow Award), and 15 years with the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club (William Dunlap Fellowship Award and Distinguished Service Award). Jim passed away peacefully at home on November 2, 2013 with members of his family. He is survived by wife Barbara Bouillet McCormick; children Kevin McCormick, Shawn McCormick, Susan Winslow and husband Jason, Sarah Battis, and Dan Breskman; grandchildren Jasmine McCormick, Max McCormick, Isabella McCormick, Noah Kelly, Haley Battis and Philip Battis. He loved them all. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Nov. 24, 2013
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