James-O'Donnell-Obituary

James O'Donnell

Los Angeles, California

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O'Donnell, James Edward July 22, 1952 - February 20, 20012 James Edward O'Donnell (Jim, Jimmy) died February 20, 2012 at his home in Altadena, California following a 6 month battle with a rare form of colon cancer. He was 59-1/2 years old. The third of 5 children, and the only boy, he was born...

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I knew Jim when he was the Geology-Geophysics Librarian at UCLA in the early 1980's. He was extraordinarily knowledgable and helpful, and his personality and good humor shone like a beacon. I later crossed paths with him in the 1990's at Caltech, and he
was as helpful and personable as he had been at UCLA. During his lifetime he smoothed the paths for many people. He has left us too soon, but he will be remembered fondly by many. Requiescat in pace.

Jim was so much fun to be around that it was easy to forget his deep knowledge of the literature of the earth sciences. One of those always-to-be-relied-upon colleagues...he'll be greatly missed.

You were always a refreshing presence during the times I had the opportunity of meeting and interacting with you. Your legacy will forever be felt.

Our sincere sympathies to Jim's family and many friends. He contributed so much to his profession and to GIS/GSIS over the years. We will remember his smile, his hugs, his humor, his kindness.

Jim was my boss at Caltech, and I will always remember his kind and gentle teaching, and his wonderful sense of humor. I will miss him.

I always enjoyed Jim's waggish sense of humor. Time spent with Jim was almost always spent in laughter and fun, and I enjoyed it immensely, even when I was the focus of the joke. My sincerest sympathy to his family and friends.

I will always remember Jim at the GSIS Annual Meetings for his big hugs and wonderful smiles! He will be sorely missed!

My sincere sympathies. I've known Jim since the mid-1970s, when he was in the Geology Library at UCLA, and then also worked with ILL here. He will be greatly missed in WAML and the Geoscience Information Society, where he contributed so much, and by all who had the opportunity to work with him.

My sincere sympathy to Jim's family. Sending thoughts of peace & comfort to you.