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James B. McConville

Ann Arbor, Illinois

Feb 12, 1944 – Jan 12, 2020 (Age 75)


February 12, 1944
January 12, 2020
Ann Arbor, Illinois


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Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care Obituary

James B. McConville passed away on January 12, 2020 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by family who lovingly cared for him. "Jim" was a truly remarkable human. Undeterred by illness, he spent the last of his days using contemporary engineering methods to re-design world war II aircraft and...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

Jim was a wonderful man who made the world a better place by being in it. He loved his wife and children to the moon and back, and back again. He cherished his extended family and valued deeply his friends and colleagues. He was a man of incredible character and intellect. He took pride and pleasure in his profession and career. He was brilliant and never stopped using his knowledge and talents. He was kind and humble. He loved life always even on the toughest days. He reminded us...

It was a great pleasure to have known Jim
We remember fondly the times we spent with Jim in London and Florida, his kindness and unique sense of humour.
Our family, Liam, Victoria, Matthew and Thomas often reminisce about the fun time in Olando and send all their good wishes to Liz, Sean and Kate.
Thanks Jim, we will all always remember you

I worked with Jim at MSC Software. It was impossible to have boring conversation with him on any subject. I loved the fact that, in a world of introverted Engineers, he was loud. He talked loud, he laughed loud, and he lived loud. I feel blessed to have known him.

To the McConville family-
Paul and I remember you as being such good neighbors to us for many years in Ann Arbor. We are saddened to read of Jim's passing, but so nice to read that he had a passion for living his dreams. Much love to you all.
Paul and Phyllis Heinrich