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Pat McInerny, JILA’s Former Executive Officer, Dies at 77

Published: 05-16-2018

Former JILA employee William Patrick (Pat) McInerny passed away on May 14, 2018. 

William Patrick (Pat) McInerny passed away on May 4, 2018 after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 77.

McInerny was the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Executive Officer for JILA from 1971 to 2003. He loved working at JILA, and managed all staff and finances while the institute developed much of the scientific reputation it enjoys today.

Pat was survived by his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline McInerny, and their three children and seven grandchildren. Jackie and Pat enjoyed Colorado life, embracing an outdoor-focused lifestyle full of weekend hiking, camping and ski trips.

Those that knew Pat say he had an infectious personality and an unending sense of humor. He was caring and thoughtful, and always willing to lend a hand to family, friends, and strangers alike.

More information about Pat McInerny’s life, as well as space to share condolences, can be found here.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 25th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 898 14th Street, Boulder, CO, 80302.  A Celebration of Life will be held following the Mass in the St. Thomas community center. 

In lieu of flowers, Pat’s family requests that donations be made to the Denver Hospice Center

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