Former MU professor James Allen Irvin dies at 75

Saturday, November 23, 2013 | 6:55 p.m. CST; updated 9:14 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 23, 2013

COLUMBIA — James Allen Irvin of Columbia died at his home Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. He was 75.

A memorial service for all friends and family will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1112 E. Broadway.

Mr. Irvin was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Pascola to Paul and Hazel Irvin.

He graduated from Wardell High School in 1956 and received a scholarship to attend MU, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. While at MU, he was active in the Baptist Student Union. He then went on to get a master's degree from the University of Indiana before returning to MU to get a doctorate in counseling psychology in 1970.

He married Linda Jean Alverson on Nov. 26, 1960, in Maplewood.

He served MU for several years as the director of counseling services, professor of health professions, interim vice chancellor of Student Affairs and director of alumni services.

Upon retirement, he owned and worked at HUT Products in Millersburg alongside his wife and son David.

Mr. Irvin is survived by his three children, John, Kathy Becker and David; his sister, Delores Randell; his son-in-law, Terry,; and three grandsons, Kyle, Justin and Paul Becker.

Memorial contributions canbe made to The Baptist Student Union, First Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.

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