A remembrance and celebration of life will be for Professor James “Jim” McKinney, who died Aug. 26. The event, from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, will take place in Building 8-48.
McKinney, 68, taught in the mathematics & statistics department for 35 years before retiring as professor emeritus in 2008.
“Jim was a dedicated educator who related to his students in and outside of the classroom,” says Professor Alan Krinik. “Jim’s legacy is seen by the impressive number of his students who have gone on to teach mathematics at community colleges or who have enjoyed successful careers in technical positions in industry.
“Many students, staff and faculty remember Professor McKinney as a talented musician from his warmly-received piano concerts. These free, public concerts took place on the Cal Poly Pomona campus and entertained people over many years.”
McKinney was born in Los Angeles and attended UC Berkeley, Michigan State, the University of Missouri and the University of Southern Missouri.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle M. Cortez; children Arwen and Dorian; and a sister, Mary Ellen Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McKinney Family Alumni Scholarship at UC Berkeley. In the pledge card at https://givetocal.berkeley.edu/lib/pdf/UCB_PledgeCard.100108.pdf, be sure to designate the McKinney Family Alumni Scholarship as the recipient.