Texas A&M University at Galveston will dedicate the new Jim and Pat McCloy Arena at the TAMUG Physical Education Facility on Friday.
Dr. Jim McCloy received his undergraduate degree in Geography from the State College of Los Angeles, with a minor in Cultural Geography. He earned a Doctorate in Physical Geography with a minor in Cultural Geography from Louisiana State University.
Jim and Pat married in 1964. Pat was the secretary to the Athletic Director at LSU during Jim’s last year of graduate school. The McCloy’s moved to Galveston in 1972, when Jim became an assistant professor at the College of Marine Sciences and Maritime Resources in Galveston, later to be Texas A&M University at Galveston. Through 2007, he taught at both TAMUG and TAMU in the areas of Marine Sciences, Maritime Administration, Geography, Water Management and Hydrological Sciences.
“Jim’s service to the university extended far beyond teaching,” said a news release announcing the dedication. “During his thirty-six years at TAMUG, Jim served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Campus Dean for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs, Department Head for General Academics and Superintendent of the Texas Maritime Academy. He also served in numerous interim leadership roles.”
Jim McCloy is also being recognized for his involvement with the Galveston County Beach Patrol, the Galveston Parks Board and the American Red Cross.
“Pat received her education at Occidental College and the University of California at Los Angeles. She has served on the boards of Clean Galveston, the Grand 1894 Opera House, the Ronald McDonald House, Sunshine Inc. and the Galveston Island Humane Society. She has been recognized as an Unsung Hero of Galveston,” said the news release. “Her interests are in sports, politics, German Shepherds and TAMUG, especially the students.”