Wednesday, June 30, 2010
James Fry Gale
After the war Jim pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California and completed a master's thesis on the geology of the Pacific coastline and was inducted into Sigma XI Honor Society. His subsequent career was as a petroleum landman, researching title to mineral rights and acquiring oil and gas leases primarily in the Sacramento Valley working for among others Texaco, American Petrofina, Del Paso Exploration and finally for locally-based Pacific Energetics. Always active, he never formally retired.
Having outlived all his close relatives and many of his friends he is survived by his honorary niece Rebecca Frame and honorary nephews Tom, Kevin and Eric Frame, who were all honored to have him as their honorary uncle. A unique but jovial character with an acerbic wit, he will be missed by them, coworkers, friends and acquaintances and most especially the gang at Pancake Circus on Broadway, whom he considered his adoptive family.
A brief memorial service will be held at W.F. Gormley & Sons, 2015 Capitol Ave., on Monday, July 5, at 9 a.m. Afterward, friends are invited to congregate at the Pancake Circus, 21st and Broadway to reminisce.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners' Hospital, Sacramento, or Indiana University Scholarship Fund, Bloomington, Ind.