James McGrath

James Hammond McGrath

Saturday, March 29th, 1947 - Friday, February 14th, 2020
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James Hammond McGrath passed away on February 14, 2020 in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Jim was born on March 29, 1947 in Salisbury, MD to John McGrath and Jean Powell.

Jim is a graduate of Washington College, MD where he played lacrosse and met his wife, Susan McLean. He was then commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps, and he and Susan were married on December 21, 1969 in Quantico, VA. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1977 and pursued a teaching career at Indiana University at South Bend and Central Michigan University, where his research focused on professional ethics and military oaths. Introduction to Philosophy 101 remained his favorite group of students.

Captain McGrath was the Commanding Officer of the South Bend, IN Marine Reserve Unit until his injury in 1980. Jim retired from the CMU philosophy department in 2007 and continued teaching ethics in the Physical Therapy Doctoral program until 2015. An avid reader, Jim had an abiding love for Aristotle and Notre Dame football.

Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan McLean McGrath, his sister, Anne Stephens (Frank Heger) of Hatboro, PA, and cousins Tim Powell of Houston, TX and Dan Powell of Princess Anne, MD.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 21 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends before the Mass at 10 a.m. in the church.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    302 South Kinney Avenue
    mount pleasant, MI 48858
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    302 South Kinney Avenue
    mount pleasant, MI 48858
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    1515 North Fancher Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Elaine F. Betts

Posted at 11:12am
Although I only met James on a few occasions, I would like to offer my condolences on his passing from this life to the next. I did not teach with him, as he taught our physical therapy students with another member of our faculty. But from our students I learned of him and their admiration for him. They appreciated his teaching in their ethics class and several of them got to know him in a personal way by their interactions with him outside of class. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you mourn his loss.
Elaine Betts
Professor of Physical Therapy at CMU

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Posted at 07:41pm
With heart felt condolences, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Dr. McGrath was a wonderful professor and he will be greatly missed.
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