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James J. Sims

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James J. Sims Obituary
JUNE 13, 1937 – MARCH 11, 2018
James J. (Jim) Sims died peacefully at home on March 11, 2018 after a four year battle with metastatic prostate cancer.
Born in Winters, California, Jim was the first of four sons born to Joe and Eve Sims. He graduated from Tempe Union High School and Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, earned his Ph.D in Chemistry from UCLA and devoted his professional life to the University of California, Riverside as a Professor of Chemistry in the Plant Pathology department. His research led to a patent for methyl iodide as a soil fumigant. He also served in various administrative positions at UCR, including Faculty Athletic Director, parliamentarian of the Academic Senate, and chairman of the Plant Pathology department.
Jim retired in 2004 and enjoyed many years of riding horses, playing tennis, and drinking wine with his wife Judy, playing golf with his friends, monthly poker games, and watching baseball. He was a brilliant, caring man and his casual manner and wit will be missed.
Jim is survived by Judy, his wife of 31 years; daughter Kelly; son Brian; brothers Chuck (Cathy) of Hemet, CA, Chris (Barbara) of Tempe, AZ, and Stan of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Mitchell and Charlotte, and several nieces and nephews.
A private scattering of ashes will be held at a later date in accordance with Jim's wishes. Friends and family are asked to raise a glass in Jim's memory.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Mar. 17 to Mar. 19, 2018
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