Jim graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 1956. He received his B.s. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1961 and Masters Degree from George Washington University in 1980. He spent 30 years in the Navy and seven years with McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corp/Boing Co.. He retired in 1999.
Jim had an extensive athletic career at Tunkhannock. Football – three varsity letters at center and defensive tackle. He was a star on the undefeated 1955 team, one of Tunkhannock’s greatest teams. He played on a 3-year record of 24 and 1. Baseball – he earned 3 varsity letters, they were champions in 1954, and reached the District semis in those three years he lettered. Volleyball – two varsity letters in which they won districts, and the State Finals in 1955. Basketball – he won three varsity letters, was 2nd in scoring and his three year record was 44 and 17. Track – he won two letters in track.
He participated in football at the Naval Academy until an injury ended his career.
Jim’s major professional accomplishments briefly: 30 year career, obtaining the rank of Captain. Jim received his wings in 1965. He flew an A6 bomber from 4 different carriers with 132 combat missions in Vietnam. He commanded an A6 squadron, USS Kalamazoo and the Fleet Logistics Squadron of 5 ammunition ships. He had over 700 aircraft carrier landings. Jim won the Silver Star, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2 Legions of Merit, 13 Air Medals, and Navy Commendations.
Jim resides with his wife Sharon in Virginia Beach. They have three children, Ronald, Richard, and Danielle; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild.