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Professor Jim Durbin

The Holy Names University community mourns the loss of Associate Professor, Director of the MBA Program, and Chair of the Business Department, Jim Durbin, who died unexpectedly September 11, 2011. He has been a true colleague and friend to many of us since his arrival on campus in 1979.

HNU will hold a celebration of Jim’s life on Friday, September 16, at 2 PM in McLean Chapel. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are invited to attend. There will be a reception following the service in the Bay Vista Room.

As the Director of Holy Names University’s MBA Program, Jim Durbin was responsible for admissions, advising, academic plans and graduation requirements for the MBA Program. He was also an academic advisor for traditional undergraduate Business students and Adult Business students.

Here at HNU, he taught both undergraduate and graduate students in Accounting and Marketing, and had over 20 years of professional business experience. Jim worked in middle and senior management positions with large organizations such as Arthur Andersen and Company, LLP, Bank of America, United States Leasing International (New York Stock Exchange), USL Capital Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Ford Financial Services, Mellon Bank, Mellon Financial Services, etc. He had owned a privately held $11 million building supply company as a principal, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and was a California Real Estate Broker, having structured sales and financings for residential and commercial properties. In addition, Jim was a financial advisor to individuals, non-profit organizations, public schools and for-profit businesses. 

The James Durbin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Holy Names University is establishing the James Durbin Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Jim Durbin’s distinguished service and leadership at the University. Contributions can be made by sending a gift to:

Office for University Advancement
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

Please make your check payable to Holy Names University and indicate that it is for the James Durbin Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Gifts can be made online here (please indicate in the Honor and Memory Gifts section that it is for the James Durbin Memorial Scholarship Fund) or by calling Office for University Advancement at (510) 436-1245.


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