James P. Matthai
Saturday, October 06, 2007
MURRAY, Ky. - James P. Matthai of Murray died Friday at Spring Creek Health Care Center.
He retired from Murray State University after 27 years of teaching. He was chairman of the geosciences department and the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center. He spent two years in Afghanistan helping to establish a university in Kabul. He received a bachelor's degree from Peabody-Vanderbilt, a master's degree from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of First United Methodist Church of Murray.
Surviving are his wife, Hazel; a daughter, Claudia Carson; a son, Paul Matthai; two stepdaughters, Nancy Knight of Virginia and Carolyn Miner of Tennessee; a sister, Shirley Aikey of Florida; four grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at J.H. Churchill Funeral Home of Murray with the Rev. Richard Smith and the Rev. Bob Saywell officiating. Burial will be in Murray Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Geosciences Scholarship Fund, Ordway Hall, North 15th Street, Murray, KY 42071; or to Hospice of Murray-Calloway County Hospital, 903 Poplar St., Murray, KY 42071.