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James H. Cooley, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

July 07, 2017

James H. "Jim" Cooley died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at his home near Troy. He was born March 25, 1930. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in chemistry from Middlebury College in 1953 and doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He accepted a position as assistant professor of organic chemistry at the University of Idaho in 1957. He served as acting chair of the Chemistry Department during his final years on the faculty and retired as professor emeritus in 1992.

A memorial service was held on June 10, 2017, in Moscow.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union of Concerned Scientists, 2 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-3780 (online at; to Friends of Hospice, P.O. Box 484, Pullman, WA 99163-0484 (online at; or to a charity of one's choice.

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