Jim Pitts, our illustrious colleague and friend

James N. Pitts, Jr., who has been our dear friend and invaluable resource since AirUCI's inception, has died at age 93.  He passed away peacefully at home this morning, surrounded by his family.  Our hearts are with his wife, AirUCI Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, and their family at this difficult time.  Jim's contributions to atmospheric science are legendary, and the air quality standards we enjoy today are largely due to his tireless work.  He is greatly missed.

AirUCI received word that the California State Senate closed their session on July 3rd in remembrance of Jim and his many contributions to the UC system, to his pioneering body of scientific discoveries, and to air quality advancements in California and beyond.  On June 26th, Rep. Ken Calvert of Riverside spoke before the U.S. Congress to honor Jim and his work.

Private services were held on June 27th at St. Columba’s Episcopal Mission near Fawnskin and Big Bear Lake.  Barbara wishes to convey her deepest appreciation for the many kind messages of comfort and support she has received and feels truly blessed to have so many dear people in her life.  Please feel free to visit the Jim Pitts memorial web page for a lovely remembrance of him, as well as the opportunity to leave your comments and contribute to the Jim Pitts Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Fund.

Read the UCI article         Read the Riverside Press-Enterprise obituary        Read the Los Angeles Times obituary

Thursday, June 19, 2014