More Obituaries for James McEnteer
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?

James McEnteer

1945 - 2019
James McEnteer Obituary
May 9, 1945 - July 30, 2019 "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." James McEnteer, journalist, wanderer, scholar and university professor died Tuesday in Los Angeles of colon cancer. He was 74. He leaves a wife, Maria Cristina Cielo, and sons, Nicolas and Joaquin, the three great loves of his life. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, McEnteer grew up in the Midwest and received his BA from Wesleyan University. He began his journalism career as a reporter for The Hartford Courant. After receiving his MA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and his PhD in Communication from UT Austin, he taught at the University of Hartford and the University of the Philippines. James' exuberant and wide-ranging explorations of the world began with studies of pre-Colombian cultures in Mexico. He then lived in and wrote on counterculture America in the 1960s, Southern Europe and Western Africa in the 70s, Texas and Labour-led New Zealand in the 80s and post-Martial Law Philippines in the 90s. Among other jobs, he worked lobstering in Maine, as a fruit picker in Washington, manager of the Coconut Grove Amusement Center in Monrovia, substitute caretaker in Big Sur, admissions counselor at Goddard College and psilocybin mushroom grower in northern California. His prolific writing career includes the books Deep in The Heart: The Texas Tendency in American Politics and Shooting the Truth: The Rise of American Political Documentaries. He was the most beloved and fun-loving husband and father, relishing in raising his children and taking them to the waves in Mexico, California, South Africa and South America. His brilliant, hilarious, courageous and loving presence in this world will be tremendously missed. Full obituary and memorial details at tributes.com/jamesmcenteer. Live (zone 10) greenery and flowers to plant in our yard may be sent to 3351 Floral Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90063, or donations may be sent to the Los Angeles Poverty Department at https://www.lapovertydept.org/donate/.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 4, 2019
Read More
Give others a chance to express condolences. Not right now.
Inform family & friends of James's passing.