Message from Chair Reginald Penner
June 19, 2014
We just received the sad news of the passing of Jim Pitts. Our Department was incredibly fortunate to have Jim amongst us for more then twenty years since the early 1990s. He was a mentor and friend to many of us, myself included. One could hardly have a discussion with Jim without having him express excitement for your work and remarkably, he was always up to speed on the details! This always meant a lot to me coming from Jim because he was a world-class atmospheric scientist and photochemist. Jim was also the most ardent fan of our Department, our fantastic young faculty, and our prospects for becoming even better. His advice, encouragement, enthusiasm, and unqualified support propelled us onward and upward, to great effect.
We will miss his big smile, the fantastic and humorous stories, and most of all, his friendship. To post a remembrance or contribute to the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, go to http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts.