James “Jim” Nauls, former Assistant Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College, died this month at his home near Palm Springs. He was 66.
Nauls joined CMC in 1994. He first worked as Director of Student Activities in the Dean of Students Office and manager of the Student Apartments. His final role at the College was Coordinator of School Outreach Programs for the Office of Admission, from which he retired in 2015.
Many ASCMC officers, resident assistants, and other students got to know Nauls and enjoyed visiting him in Heggblade Center. CMC Vice President for Admission & Financial Aid Jeff Huang, who started at the College around the same time as Nauls, said he started the Student Activities program from scratch, leading the drive to bring well-known acts to Claremont, starting with Dave Matthews and continuing with dozens of musicians, comedians, and other entertainers. He also incubated the WOA! program until it matured into its current form, Huang said.
“He enjoyed building excitement and social connections for students,” Huang said. “He was a visionary person, and I always enjoyed when he would come into my office, sit down, and say, ‘Let me tell you about a great idea I have…’ ”
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 11 at Harrison-Morris Mortuary, 738 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino.