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In Memoriam: James Earl “Jim” Long
BY BARBARA J. DAWSON
James Earl "Jim" Long of Somers Point, N.J., passed away on May 17, 2018. He was 90. Long served as president of AIHA in 1980–1981. He was also active in the Society of Toxicology and served as the liaison between the two organizations. He served on the SOT Education Committee in 1975–1977 and on the organization’s Regulatory Affairs and Legislative Assistance Committee in 1985–1987. Long was a native of Steelton, Pa., and he graduated from Steelton High School in June 1946. He worked in the steel mills as a teenager and later worked in a grocery store handling ration cards during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Gettysburg College, and he earned a doctorate in industrial toxicology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1960.  Long worked for many different pharmaceutical and chemical companies, including Hoffman LaRoche, American Cyanamid, and 3M in Minneapolis, where he was vice president of regulatory affairs. While in Minnesota, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota where he taught toxicology to many industrial hygiene students. Later in life, he moved to Canada and worked for the Canadian Ministry of Health. “Jim was my toxicology professor at the University of Minnesota years ago—and an excellent one,” said Chris Laszcz-Davis, president of The Environmental Quality Organization LLC. “He was controversial and spirited, and he raised initiatives that made some of the other AIHA leadership uncomfortable—of course, we younger ones thought this was great!” Carolyn Phillips, who is now retired from the Shell Company, served on the AIHA Board of Directors during Long’s tenure. She remembers him as “a laid back, nice guy—open to all.” His obituary in The Press of Atlantic City states that Long enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them about the ocean and marine life. Long also taught his grandchildren how to body surf, a hobby he participated in until he was 88. Long recently described his perfect day as "sitting on the beach, my toes in the sand, listening to the seagulls flying overhead, and watching the waves coming into the shore."  Long was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. BARBARA J. DAWSON, CIH, FAIHA, CSP, was president of AIHA in 2013–2014. She works for DuPont Company and can be reached via email.