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January 23, 2020

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January 17, 2020
The first time I met Jim he got right into his research on the flight dynamics of aircraft. He then later provided me a copy of his most recent works and I was taken back by the elegance of the mathematics he presented in detail where he left no stone unturned. Sometimes we loose sight of the coupling between terms and their effects on the total outcome of a problem.
His treatise was to be used eventually in computer simulations to determine how aircraft respond to various forces or conditions.
Once a computer is used to give us the pretty graphics and the impressive number columns generated we loose a feel for the detail of the pure mathematics needed to give us these results. The problem sounded trivial on the surface as it was delivered to me during a graduation party but once I saw the complexity of the formulation to get these answers I had a higher respect for this science. There are two easy ways to quickly get to know how someone thinks. The first is to talk to their therapist or psychiatrist and the second is to review their mathematical description of physical systems.
Although brief I enjoyed my time with Jim.

Dr. M. A. Tafralian
January 17, 2020
Oh my. I am sad to hear of Jim's passing. Through the years I thought of him often as our careers took us in many directions. I first met him when he visited his aunt and uncle (the Campbells) who lived across the street from us in Battle Creek. I always called him Jamie back then. I remember one of his first jobs in BC ,flipping burgers/hot dogs at the Dog & Suds -- it always made him laugh when he talked about that job. We kept in touch when he went to UVA and I to MSU. When he lived in Atlanta, he witnessed and even arranged for the JP for our marriage in Marietta, which has lasted for over 50 years. While in the Army, he visited us in Germany. We drank a lots of beer and his fluency in German always amazed me. I fondly remember him smoking this Calabash pipe, telling me that he had studied Honda engines and how strong they were--would go 200k easily! I have a Honda today. He had an almost Zorba like zest for life and I will miss that about him.
January 17, 2020
Liz, John and all the Family - Cathy & I send a deepest sympathy on Jim"s passing.
I spent many wonderful years consulting with Jim and I truly enjoyed all the fascinating stories that Jim shared with me -he was always delightful to visit with regardless of whether it was in person or on the phone. He always had a great attitude and loved all his Family dearly - especially Liz and his Mother-in-Law !
I thank the Lord for my many years of allowing Jim McConville to be part of my life !God Bless Liz and all Jim's Family as you struggle through this difficult time. The world needs more Jim McConville"s !
January 16, 2020
I had many encounters with Jim McConville over two decades. What I can uniquely record for remembrance here are some of the performances we, and others, shared starting in February 2006 with the movie The White Countess at the Michigan Theater. This was followed by a performance of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Hill Auditorium on Nov. 30, 2006. And on the penultimate day of the year, Dreamgirls. Then in early 2007, The Painted Veil. Followed by Sweetland and the Bourne Ultimatum later that year. I would guess Jim liked the latter that featured a fantastically-filmed, hand-to-hand fight better than the former, about an immigrant coming to rural Minnesota, but I cant be sure! The documented string goes through June 2011, but I know we saw others not recorded after that. During the recorded time, after one with a failed romance, Jims succinct comment was depressing. The June 2011 movie was Ides of March after which, for some reason, at my instigation, Jim and I discussed Hitler over supper! And so, I hope this short paragraphs illustrates the person of varied interests that Jim was to me.
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