NORMAN — James Wilson McCall, 59, of Hillsborough, Calif., died Friday, July 13, 2012, after a courageous struggle with cancer.
A memorial service will be 4 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, 1500 Easton Drive, CA 94010.
Jim was the beloved husband of Jennifer Jordan McCall; devoted father of Peter Lewis Livingston McCall and Andrew James McCall; stepfather of Caroline Debevoise Clark and Hillary Sage Clark; son of Lewis Livingston McCall Jr. and Dixann Wilson McCall; and brother of Mary Margaret McCall.
Jim was knowledgeable in many subjects from sports to history, politics, photography, music and Formula 1 racing. Jim was an avid reader, particularly of American history and international relations. Jim was always fun to be with. An entertaining conversationalist, Jim’s wit and humor will be deeply missed. His family and friends admired him greatly for his insight and sensitivity, and for his thoughtfulness, modesty and courage.
Jim set an example with his intellectual curiosity, dynamic yet gentlemanly manner and high moral character. He was a trusted advisor to many and a loyal friend. Jim especially enjoyed advising his four children and was proud that all four of them attended Princeton University. Jim took special pride in his sons and their accomplishments, both in sports and academics.
Born in Norman on March 10, 1953, Jim graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1974 with a B.A. in letters with honors in history, philosophy and English. Jim completed his undergraduate degree in five semesters, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was a Rhodes Scholar nominee from the state of Oklahoma.
Jim earned a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1977, where he was a member of the Law Review. In 1974, Jim attended Oxford University as a Scholarship Resident at University College in economics. Jim earned his M.B.A. in 1984 from Harvard Business School and served as a member of the Faculty Judicial Review Board.