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March 25, 2018
Hi Judy, Kelly,

I was a postdoc with Jim in the early 1970's. He and I opened the field of marine natural products chemistry and published some of the important papers in the early 1970s. I learned a great deal from Jim, who had a fabulous chemistry background at UCLA and as a postdoc in Europe. I will always remember his boundless scientific curiosity and interest in reading the scientific chemistry literature. He was a great mentor who I will dearly miss.

William Fenical, Ph.D, UCR 1968
March 25, 2018
Kelly I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember your dad , he was a very sweet man . Kelly message me on face book or call me (415)760-2523. I know what your going through
March 24, 2018
Jim was a kind, generous, and gracious gentleman and scholar. He will be greatly missed not only by his whole family, but by his UCR colleagues as well.

I was sad to learn of his illness when I recently returned to Riverside after an 18-year hiatus, and now am really taken aback and saddened by his passing!

Our lives first intersected in the early 60s - first at UCLA during our graduate days (I was at Caltech but periodically attended the famous UCLA Winstein Seminars that he also attended) and then subsequently at UCR as faculty members for many years.

I lost touch with him after I retired in 1998 and left town in search of an ocean. I was always impressed and jealous that he had managed to find that ocean many years earlier as an abundant storeroom for his outstanding work on Marine natural products. And also impressed by his skills in organic synthesis a major area of organic chemistry where I felt somewhat less than adequate.

I was intrigued to read that he has been an avid horseman (I am not). But I am surprised that his undergraduate baseball prowess was not mentioned. I knew of it early on, but was not aware that he was a collegiate pitcher who chose chemistry instead of the dugout something I just learned from another contemporary student friend Dave Ross who also expressed great sadness on hearing of Jim's passing.

I wish that I had made an opportunity to reconnect with him in 2016 when I returned to Riverside. I didn't and that is my significant loss and regret!

Robert Neuman, Riverside
March 23, 2018