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James Lee McCartney, Aug. 15, 1936-Aug. 28, 2012, of Columbia

By Parker Funeral Service
August 30, 2012 | 8:24 p.m. CDT

James Lee McCartney, Ph.D., 76, of Columbia passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 after a two-year battle with multiple myeloma.  On Friday, September 7, the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia will hold visitation at 9:30 a.m., funeral service at 10:30 a.m. and a reception immediately following.

Dr. McCartney was born on August 15, 1936, in Omaha, Nebraska to Thelma (Birdsall) and Edward Lowery “Doc” McCartney.  He graduated from College View High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and served in the 43rd Army Reserve Band as a trumpet player. 

He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1965, after which he began his long and distinguished teaching career at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He taught the senior seminar and courses on social deviance, and his areas of focus included science studies, social organizations, and East Asia.  He authored, co-authored, and edited numerous works, including articles and research papers on the sociology of science and a text on Criminology.  He served as the editor of the American Sociologist (1980-82) and the Sociological Quarterly (1971-77).  From 1978 to 1994, he served as one of four U.S. collaborating editors of the international and interdisciplinary journal, Social Studies of Science. Dr. McCartney served as chairman of MU’s Sociology Department between 1993 and 1999.

In 1999, Dr. McCartney’s interest in international issues and research led to his appointment as the Director of the University of Missouri’s International Center, where he assisted international students and scholars, managed MU’s study abroad programs, and visited numerous universities in Asia. He later became the Associate Vice Provost, International Program.

After retirement in 2006, Dr. McCartney continued to enjoy writing, research grant review, travel, and most of all spending time with his adoring family.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Karen Kaupanger; his son, Brian McCartney and wife Chrissy McCartney, and grandchildren Mary Wren McCartney and Thomas Field McCartney of Columbia; his daughter, Cathleen (Carrie) Wrisberg and husband Curt Wrisberg, and grandchildren Isabella Jean Wrisberg, Brock Arthur Wrisberg, and Grant James Wrisberg of Chesterfield, Missouri; and his step-son, Keefe Kaupanger-Swacker and wife Natasha Kaupanger-Swacker and granddaughter Klara Marie Kaupanger-Swacker of Los Angeles, California. 

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Central Missouri Food Bank or the University of Missouri’s Mizzou Scholarship Fund.

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