James Walter McCoy ’58 was born in Woodland, California on Easter Sunday in 1936. He attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Yuba Community College, Santa Clara University, and San Jose State University, where he met his wife, Lore, in the Newman Club. In September of 1960, Jim was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed for two years at Camp Century in Greenland working as an engineer on a recently declassified Cold War covert government operation. He then worked as a civil engineer for the City of San Jose and, in 1968, joined a startup engineering firm, MacKay & Somps Civil Engineers Incorporated. During more than 30 years with MacKay & Somps, Jim helped to grow the company from one office in San Jose to multiple offices throughout the Bay Area. After retiring, he worked as an adjunct professor of civil engineering at Santa Clara and San Jose State. Jim was best known by many for his years of dedicated service to the San Jose Host Lions Club, serving two terms as president. In his later years, Jim volunteered his time to assist in vision testing all children in San Jose Unified School District, and was very active in his local parish, Saint Christopher Catholic Church, where he faithfully sang in the choir every Sunday. Jim died October 23, 2020.

22 Dec 2020