Pacific Alumnus and Former Regent Jim McCargo passed away on March 30, 2013, at the age of 62.
Alumnus and Former Regent Jim McCargo Passed Away
James S. (Jim) McCargo Jr. '73 passed away from a heart attack on March 30, 2013, at the age of 62. After spending most of his professional life in northern California, Jim moved back home to Oceanside, Calif., about a year ago. He served 10 years as a member of the Pacific Board of Regents from 1989 to 1999 and served as a Reunion Committee Member for his 30th and 35th Class Reunions in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Jim was recently in attendance at the 2013 Big West Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim on March 14-16, 2013, to be there in honor of his former Tiger teammate and retiring 25-year Pacific head coach Bob Thomason '71. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Law from the College of the Pacific in 1973.
Jim was a standout basketball player for the Pacific Tigers for four years (1969-73) and was inducted into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988. He was a starter on Pacific's NCAA Tournament team in 1971 that competed in Salt Lake City, UT, as Pacific fell to Long Beach State 78-65 (3/18/71) in the first round before defeating Brigham Young 84-81 (3/20/71) in the consolation bracket. He spent his first year at Pacific in 1969-70 on the NCAA-mandated freshman team. Jim increased his point totals each year, scoring 378 points as a sophomore, 446 points as a junior and 484 in his final year. He still ranks 11th on Pacific's all-time scoring list with 1,308 career points. He was a First Team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) selection in his senior year in 1972-73, after earning Second Team All-PCAA accolades during his first two seasons on varsity. He helped the Tigers to 53 wins in his three years with the varsity, playing for Pacific head coaches Dick Edwards and Stan Morrison.
Jim had been employed in sales at Benefit Management Technologies, Inc. (BMTI), a health insurance brokerage company (formerly Stemler Insurance Company), and was involved in a start-up internet company called Here U Are. He previously held sales and marketing positions with the 3M Corporation, Tri-Valley Growers of San Francisco, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Hunt Chemical. He had also served as President and CEO of Omega Designs, a company specializing in computer solutions, and was a principal and founder of Interart Designs, a company providing internet solutions.
A memorial service will be held on Fri., May 10, at 2 p.m. at the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Eternal Hills Cemetery & Mortuary, to your local chapter of the American Heart Association, or to University of the Pacific Men's Basketball.