James Arthur Harrocks ’53 died on July 29, 2003, in Burlington, Vermont.
Born on September 11, 1930, in Orange, NJ, he prepared for college at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ, and the Carteret School and became a member of Chi Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1953, he was a chemist with the Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket for two years, with the Ohio Boxboard Company in Rittman for a year, and with the Neenah Paper Company in Wisconsin for a year. He received a master of science degree in 1957 and a doctor of philosophy degree in 1960, both from the Institute of Paper Chemistry and Lawrence College in Wisconsin. In 1960, he joined IBM in Vestal, NY, was transferred to Dayton, NJ, in 1966, and was transferred to Essex Junction in Vermont in 1969. Between 1973 and 1983, he spent almost seven years on assignment in France at IBM’s Corbeil-Essonnes plant. After 27 years of service with IBM, he officially retired as a senior engineer in 1987, although he worked part-time until early in 1989 and also spent 16 months in helping to solve an IBM technical problem in Toronto, Canada. In April of 1992, he became completely retired from IBM. He was an elder and teacher for many years at Essex Alliance Church in Vermont, was a teacher at Senior/Net, and served as a board member of the Bible Institute of New England. Surviving are his wife, Jane Evans Harrocks, whom he married in 1952; two sons, John Mark Harrocks and Thomas Harrocks; a brother, Thomas L. Harrocks, Jr. ’44 of Santa Rosa, CA; a sister, Joan, of Loveland, OH; and three grandchildren.