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James L. Jenkins, S'58
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James Louis Jenkins, of Henrico, Virginia, died on January 26, 2013, at the age of 73. He is survived by his devoted wife, Hazel Buckingham Jenkins; five children, James L. Jenkins, Jr., Laurie J. Howard, Katherine J. Mushung, Naomi P. Iguchi, and Benjamin S. Perlman; eight grandchildren; and eight siblings. A native of Norfolk, Jim graduated from the University of Virginia McIntyre School of Commerce in 1961 and the law school in 1964. He was president of Avec Electronics Corporation and managing partner for Delmar Development Corporation. Devoted to community service, Jim was a member of the Henrico County Planning Commission and chaired the board of trustees for St. Luke's Hospital. In addition, he served as president of Bloomfield Home, an Episcopal Church-affiliated residential facility for children with severe disabilities, and chaired the Henrico County Mental Health Advisory Board. Jim was appointed to the Richmond Metropolitan Authority in 1972 and served as its chairman from 1984 to 2012. He was also appointed chairman of the Virginia Parole Board from 1999 to 2002, after which time he acted as an administrative hearing officer for the Supreme Court of Virginia. As a student at UVA he became president of Sigma Phi Society, a place where he met many of his lifelong friends. After graduating from Virginia, he remained active with his fraternity, eventually becoming president of the Sigma Phi Educational Foundation and lifetime trustee. Jim attended St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Richmond where he was very active serving as Registrar, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Vestry Member, and chairman of the finance committee. He also was one of the organizers of the Bull and Bear Club in downtown Richmond and served as president. A memorial service will be held on February 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on the Boulevard ( ) in Richmond with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or the Jenkins-Cooney Scholarship Fund (UVA Alumni Association, PO Box 400314, Charlottesville, VA, 22907). However, Sigma Phi brothers are asked to donate to the capital campaign ( ) that Jim was leading for his beloved Sigma Phi at UVA at the time of his death.

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