JAMES E. "JIM" FLEMING ~ Class of 1965
May 28, 1947 - May 18, 2010
Jim was born in Richland on May 28, 1947. He died on May 18, 2010 when he was coming to work and collapsed in an elevator. He was taken to a hospital but could not be resuscitated.
He graduated from Columbia High School in 1965 and began working for International Telephone & Telegraph in the Tri-Cities.
He married Cheryl Moran ('66) in 1967... they moved to San Jose, CA where he continued working in electronics and earned a degree in Microbiology from San Jose State University. He began his career as a scientist with NASA and found an interest in Aging Research while employed there for three years. Jim moved on to continue his Aging Studies at the Linus Pauling Medical Research Center in Palo Alto, CA, as a Senior Scientist for 12 years.
In 1992, he and Cheryl returned to Washington and settled in Spokane. At Eastern Washington University, Jim continued his Aging Research, as well as taught Biology as an Adjunct Professor. In 1997, he joined EWU associates and other colleagues to start up and was chief technology officer for Spokane biotech firm GenPrime, Inc. There, he helped develop products for rapid microbiological analysis.
Outside interests included playing guitar with the Carcinogens, (a local Spokane rock and blues band).
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Cheryl; his daughter, Jamie; granddaughter, Taylor; brother, Fred; and sister, Fran. Many other family members shared his life.
A "Celebration of his Life" will be held in Spokane, WA in early August.
Published in Spokesman-Review from May 30 to May 31, 2010