Dr. James M. "Jim" M. McCloy
Malloy & Son Funeral Home
Dr. James “Jim” M. McCloy, long-time faculty member, administrator and Professor Emeritus at Texas A & M University, died Saturday, July 19, 2008 at UTMB Hospital in Galveston.
Born in Hollywood, California on March 28, 1934, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lucile McCloy and sister Susan Morris. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Patricia Mullins McCloy of Galveston.
Jim served in the United States Army in Okinawa during the Korean War, as a cryptographer and survival swimming instructor. He received his Bachelors Degree in Geography from State College of Los Angeles and his Doctorate in Physical Geography with a minor in Cultural Geography from Louisiana State University. Jim acquired his love of sailing while working as an agent trainee for the FBI. He sailed in the Honolulu Race, the Ensenada Race and numerous other races.
In 1968 upon receiving his doctorate, Dr. McCloy taught geography at the University of Montana. In 1971 he arrived in College Station, Texas and taught at Texas A&M University. In 1972, Jim began his academic and research career as an assistant professor at the college of Marine Sciences and Maritime Resources in Galveston (later called Texas A & M University at Galveston). As a professor for Marine Sciences and Maritime Administration at TAMUG and as a professor for Geography and Program of Water Management and Hydrological Sciences at TAMU, Dr. McCloy fostered an academic vision that promoted student success.
Additionally, he served the university in a variety of administrative roles: Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Head of the Department of General Academics, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Associate Campus Dean for Academic Affairs, Superintendent of the Texas Maritime Academy, Associate Vice-President for Research and Academic Affairs, Director of Coastal Zone Laboratory and in numerous interim leadership roles.
Jim was honored for his thirty-six years of service to TAMUG with a retirement Luau in May. It was at this event that the University announced the establishment of the James M. McCloy Coastal Geography Program. Collections in the program include a variety of geographical items such as maps, photos, slides and GIS data sets. Established and housed in the library, the program includes two high-end geographical information systems with access to a wide range of data.
A scientist and educator of international stature, Dr. McCloy demonstrated tremendous vision in realizing the potential of technology in the study of geography. His efforts and support of the development and use of these technologies will have a lasting effect on the lives of the many students he taught and those who will continue to study through the program named in his honor. Known nationally for his expertise in beach systems and safety, Dr. McCloy served locally in several organizations including the Galveston County Beach Patrol, the Galveston Parks Board, and the American Red Cross. Jim was a life member of the United States Lifesaving Association. He was the second life member appointed by the board of directors after Ronald Reagan.
Jim was instrumental in developing the first accepted national standards for ocean life guarding. These standards were the foundation for the Galveston Beach Patrol. Additionally, Dr. McCloy was one of the founders of Science Incorporated created for the improvement of Science education in Galveston Schools.
Donations in honor of Dr. Jim McCloy may be made to the Memorial Scholarship Fund at Texas A & M University at Galveston, P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, Texas 77553.
A celebration of Jim McCloy’s life will be held in the Gymnasium of the Physical Education Facility at Texas A&M University at Galveston at 5:30PM on Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Casual attire is welcome. A procession to Stewart Beach will follow for the scattering of Jim’s ashes. Anyone wishing to participate in the distribution of ashes, paddleboards will be available at the beach.