Robert A. ‘Jim’ McClevey Jr. ’32 of Ottawa, Ill., died April 28, 2011. Jim was born in 1910 in Austin, Ill., and attended Oak Park High School before coming to Mines. A member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Blue Key, Jim helped lead the illumination of the ‘M’ 79 years ago. After graduating with a professional degree in mining engineering, he worked with Ottawa Silica until his retirement in 1975, having taken time to serve with the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Edith Eleanor Eldridge in 1961. He was a member of several professional societies, including the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Mining Engineers. A dedicated alumnus, he was a member of the Mines Century Society, the Heritage Society and the President’s Council, and drove to all of his class reunions, even into his 90s. He was predeceased by his wife in 1999. Jim is survived by his nieces, Alison Gonzalez, Barbara Dix and Cynthia Cox.
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