Jimmy received his BA and MS in Geology from Western Washington University in 1968 and 1972, respectively, and a PhD in Geology with a concentration in geophysics from The University of Wyoming in 1977. Jimmy taught geology for three years at the University of Wisconsin; River Falls before he and Suzanne started their academic careers in our department in 1979. They were the first husband and wife team to share one full-time academic position at Michigan Tech. Together, Jimmy and Suzanne built and maintained one of the foremost paleomagnetic/rock magnetic research facilities in the US. Their research and that of their graduate students is highly cited in scientific literature. In 2003, Western Washington University recognized Jimmy and Suzanne's unique academic position and research accomplishments by presenting them with the University's Distinguished Alumni Award.
Jimmy was regarded as one of the most popular and challenging teachers in the department. He received Michigan Tech's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995 and was inducted into the Academy of Teaching Excellence in 1998. Jimmy taught a variety of geophysics courses but especially loved teaching the introductory geophysics and the summer field geophysics courses.