James F Shields
1932 - 2007, Santa Barbara
Jim Shields was born on June 27, 1932, in Bronx, New York, and passed away on April 29, 2007, after an extended illness. During the Korean War he served four years in the Air Force as an instrument specialist. He then attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. After moving to Santa Barbara in 1967, he worked for 24 years as an optical engineer at Santa Barbara Research Center and made important contributions to NASA programs such as the Mars Observer, the Galileo project (Jupiter) and the Pioneer Venus Orbiter. He was devoted to his family, and also filled his life with reading and learning, travel, and cultural and artistic pursuits. He was a nature lover, artist and poet, and an advocate for peace and justice. He contributed much to the world and took little. His gentle nature and moral convictions were an example to all who knew him. He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Susan, his children Gordon, Amy, Elliot, Lia, Carlos and Railda, and seven grandchildren.
A community gathering to honor him will be announced later. Donations to Veterans for Peace are requested in lieu of flowers at www.veteransforpeace.org OR 216 South Meramec Ave.,
St. Louis, MO 63105