Dr. James Utah McNeal
October 19, 1931 – November 30, 2017
Dr. James U. McNeal, peacefully passed away November 30, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. Jim, as many knew him, was born October 19, 1931 in Duncan, Oklahoma, and lived his childhood in Lawton, Oklahoma. His parents Cecil C. McNeal and Mary H. McNeal, his brother Billy Ray McNeal, his daughter, Lisa McNeal, preceded him in death.
Jim enlisted in the US Navy in 1951. After four years of service, Jim pursued his interest in education and went on to graduate from Texas A&I University (BBA), and The University of Texas (MBA & PhD). Dr. McNeal spent the majority of his life as a marketing professor at Texas A&M University, with a career spanning from 1967 to his retirement in 2000. He then worked as a visiting professor at Peking University’s, Guanghua School of Management from 2001 to 2005. Dr. McNeal was a pioneer in the field of children’s marketing.
When not focused on work, Jim enjoyed traveling the world experiencing other cultures. Hunting and fishing were lifelong hobbies that forged a bond with he and his sons. Photography and painting were also activities he enjoyed. His belief in God was clear, as were maintaining life-long friendships. He was an amazing and doting grandfather, who will be dearly missed.
Three adult children survive Jim, Dr. Catherine J. McNeal (Ronald MacFarlane), James Scott McNeal, and Chad C. McNeal (Stacy McNeal), granddaughters, Dr. Caitlin MacFarlane, Faith McNeal and grandson, Reed McNeal. He leaves behind many dear friends and family.
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