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Obituary: James Henry McNally Dec. 18, 1936 – Feb. 26, 2019

on March 7, 2019 - 10:24pm

JAMES MCNALLY Dec. 18, 1936 Feb. 26, 2019

James Henry McNally passed away peacefully on February 26, 2019 at age 82 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He was the son of James O. McNally and Edith (nee Jones) McNally and was born in Orange, New Jersey on December 18, 1936.

Educated in the Millburn, New Jersey public schools, Jim then received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Engineering Physics at Cornell University. Jim then went to Cal Tech and earned his doctorate in physics. He was a respected physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for 25 years.

Upon retirement, Dr. McNally began his own consulting business and later worked for the Department of State. In 1998 Jim and his wife Nan moved to Kittery, Maine. For the next twenty years Jim and Nan had many great adventures sailing the Maine and Canadian seacoasts. In 2016, the McNally’s relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona to be closer to their family and enjoy their three grandchildren.

Jim leaves his beloved wife Nan, a step-son Lee Anderson and his wife Karen, granddaughter Regan, grandsons Kyle and Maxwell all of Scottsdale, Arizona. Sara Anderson, step-daughter, of San Francisco, also survives.

In lieu of flowers, Jim requested donations be given to Foothills Caring Corps ( Jim’s ashes will be scattered in the mountains near Telluride, Colorado and the Maine seacoast. A celebration of Jim’s life will take place in Kittery, Maine on June 3rd.