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To the editor,

The Elkin High School graduating class fo 1958 would like to share news from Denver, Colorado. Jim Shore, our classmate, died on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at his ranch at Wyoming. He was 73 and is survived by his wife, Chris; daughter Lenya and her family; and son, Jay, also with the CU psychiatry department faculty, and his family.

The Class of 1958 last saw Jim and Chris at the 50th Class Reunion of their graduation on 6/7/2008. His leadership was acknowledged throughout high school. He was Chief Marshal, Valedictorian, Student Council President our senior year, chosen Most Popular, center of the boys basketball team and it might be that he got his start in acting his junior and senior years when had a part in our plays.

A 1961 graduate of Duke University, and four years later, Duke’s medical school, Dr. Shore was an intern at the University of Utah from 1965-1966. He went on to a residency at the University of Washington from 1966-1969. He then became chief of the Mental Health Officer for the Portland Area Indiana Health Service and chaired the Mental Health Research Committee of the Indian Health Service.

Jim was a psychiatrist and former chancellor of the University of Colorado’s health sciences and Denver campuses. Dr. Shore helped move and expand CU’s health sciences campus, fought for improved mental health services for American Indians and other native groups and even played a 10 second role as a psychiatrist interviewing Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which won the 1975 Oscar winner for Best Picture.

“Much of the success of the Anschutz Medical Campus and the contributions it makes to our society and economy can be linked to Jim Shore’s vision and leadership,” said Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs for CU. Jim was instrumental in the move of the CU health sciences campus from Denver to the former Fitzsimons military base in Aurora that has evolved into the Anschutz Medical Campus. With five health care schools and a graduate program on more than 200 acres, the campus generates $2.5 billion yearly for the Colorado economy and is a national leader in education, health care and research. Jim and his wife, Chris, are acknowledged on that campus through the Shore Family Forum, the auditorium in the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building.

His interest in Native American culture was ignited by a visit when he was a child to Cherokee, N.C., ancestral home of the Cherokee tribe. He was instrumental in supporting the passage of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978. Jim received the Distinguished Service Award from the federal Indian Health Service in 1996.

Memorial gifts can be directed to CU’s James H. Shore, MD/Colorado ARCS Scholarship endowment fund, established when the Colorado chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) honored Dr. Shore as their 2005 Man of the Year. Donations can be mailed to CU Foundation, P.O. Box 17126, Denver, CO 80217-9155.

Whether you called him Jim, Jimmy, Professor or Doctor, the Class of 1958 is proud to call him classmate and appreciates the opportunity to share facts of some of Jim’s accomplishments.

Jo Ann Saylor Kistler


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