Profile Updated: June 10, 2019
Residing In: Omaha
Spouse/Partner: Bev
Current or former Occupation: Researcher on ways to delay, or avoid, cancer and dementia.
Children: Eric, born 1963; Laura, born 1967; Dana, born 1969; and Brian, born 1969.
Military Service: Air Force ROTC

Since graduation: 1. Attended Univ. of Nebraska where I founded a book drive that provided books for schools in foreign countries. Dwight Eisenhower asked People-to-People programs at other colleges in the USA to follow our example. 2. Helped taxi companies in New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., etc. to begin using bullet-proof shields to protect drivers from being shot by criminals in the back seat. In 1960, the average number of taxi drivers killed fell from more than 5 to less than 2 per week. 3. Married Beverly Higgins in 1962. 4. Designed buildings, wind turbines, broadcasting equipment, radon mitigation systems, etc. 5. Served UNL and UNO as an Adjunct instructor for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. 6. Led national wind turbine testing and certification program for U.S. Department of Energy. 7. Won EPA's international innovative radon mitigation competition. 8. Invented air pressure monitors for use in: A. Hospitals to meet CDC's recommendations for preventing the spread of airborne microbes. and B. In buildings to mitigate radon and prevent back-drafting of chimneys. 9. Participated with scientists in developing ways to minimize exposure to combustion particles and radioactive elements that increase the odds of developing cancer and dementia. For the average person in Nebraska, radon gas accounts for about 80% of the ionizing radiation that damages DNA. 10. Maintained a strong and growing appreciation for being a member of Lincoln High's class of 1959 and to still be married to Bev.

School Story:

Following my arrival from Sutton, Nebraska in the fall of 1957, I soon realized that Lincoln High provided a significantly higher level of education quality than the small rural school I had attended.

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Jan 29, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Happy Birthday Jim! It has been an honor and a pleasure to be your classmate and friend. I hope you will remain healthy enough to enjoy many more years.

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Jan 28, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Happy Birthday!

It was a pleasure to visit with you at the LHS '59 Class Reunion. I hope you will remain healthy enough to enjoy many more years.

Sep 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Bev and I wish you a very happy birthday. We enjoyed visiting with you and Glenn at the LHS '59 50th reunion.

The day before you met Elvis, he was performing in the UNL Colosseum while I was playing tennis across the alley to the East. I did not know he was in Lincoln, so when the sounds of screaming women came out through the Colosseum's open windows, I guessed that the place might be on fire and looked to see if smoke was flowing out of the windows. When Elvis "left the building", his Cadillac was waiting in the alley.
Thank you for your military service to protect our freedoms!

Jan 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Thank you for being a thoughtful and friendly classmate. I hope you and your family are healthy and enjoying every day.

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