Lestle J. Sparks Medallion

Jim Booth ’64

Jim Booth graduated from Willamette with degrees in economics and mathematics. He was a prolific member of the community: During his time at Willamette, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and participated in basketball, baseball, football and track, ultimately receiving the 1964 Scholar Athlete of the Year award (J.H. Booth Award).

Following his time at Willamette, Booth went on to obtain an MBA from the University of Oregon and began a career that took him through positions with the First National Bank and K/P Graphics, where he ultimately served as division manager of four different companies. In addition, he served as a Willamette University trustee from 1970–89; during his tenure he became Willamette’s director of alumni relations.

Booth is part of a legacy of Willamette alumni and is the consummate representative of what the university stands for. He is acknowledged universally to be “the face of alumni relations” and has built incredibly durable relationships over the years, serving as a thoughtful, friendly and committed ambassador. He has served in alumni relations for 20 years and has announced his retirement from full-time service as of Oct. 31, 2009.

In addition to his service to his profession and the 20,000 alumni of the university, Booth has also been recognized as the Erwin LeClerg Outstanding Chapter Advisor of the Year by the Sigma Chi fraternity and continues to fill the role of campus advisor for the group. He has also been active in Rotary for 40 years, serving as president of the Salem club in 1997–98.

Booth was recognized with the first Richard A. (Buzz) Yocom Award in 2007 and will be inducted into the Willamette Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 24, 2009.