James B. "Jim, JB" Sinclair

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James B. Sinclair (Jim, JB), 90, of Savoy, IL, died on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 4:52 a.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Dr. Sinclair was born on December 21, 1927 in Chicago, a son of James Lawrence and Helen Marie Thompson Sinclair. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Sinclair and Helen Sinclair Owens; maternal grandparents, Burton Delos Thomas and Alberta Green Thompson Breck; fraternal grandparents, Lawrence and Helen Fraser Sinclair; and his companion of 47 years, Elmer (Al) Uselmann. He is survived by his brother Lawrence Albert Sinclair and cousin Alberta Engle. He graduated from Wadsworth grade school and High Park High School in Chicago; Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951; and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1955. He served in the US Army from 1946-47. James served as a professor of plant pathology and administrative assistant to the chancellor at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge from 1956-68. He was elected as President of the Southern Division, American Phytopathological Society and Chairman of the Cotton Disease Council. He was a professor of international agriculture and interim Director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from 1968-2004. He traveled to over 40 countries professionally while at UIUC working with fellow soybean scientists and growers to increase production of soybeans. In addition, he gave lectures and seminars at numerous international meetings. Dr. Sinclair was the all-campus coordinator for the Illinois-Tehran Research Unit 1969-1970 and elected to the Indian Phytopathological Society in the late 1980s. He was elected as a member of the Agronomy Society and Alumnus of the Year of Lawrence University in the late 1990s. He was also a Fellow of the American Phyto-pathological Society. Professor Sinclair was the author or co-author of over 700 scientific journal articles and scientific books. He received numerous awards and honors. After retirement, he published his memoir and a book of poetry which he illustrated himself. He guided and trained 73 American and international students, technicians and post doctors. He volunteered as a docent and served on the boards of the Krannert Art Museum and the Spurlock Museum after his retirement from 2003-2010. He also served on the boards of the Greater Community AIDS Project, the University of Illinois Library and Savoy Rotary Club. He was a member of the Village of Savoy Economic Development Commission and a member of the Illinois Crop Improvement Association and served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Gateway Petroleum International, Inc. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018 followed by a reception until 4 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Dr. West, Savoy. Online condolences may be made at www.morganmemorialhome.com. Memorial donations can be sent to the James B. Sinclair Fellowship Fund at the University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 30 to Dec. 8, 2018
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