"Dignity without Compromise"
Jim Giles, Chief meteorologist for The News on 6 WARN Team, died in Tulsa on December 20, 2006, joined KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. A professional meteorologist since 1961, Jim held the American Meteorological Societyís Seal of Approval. During Jimís tenure at The News on 6, he was instrumental in bringing life-saving weather technology to Oklahomans. The News on 6 WARN team introduced Pathfinder in April 1987. The revolutionary storm-tracking technology proved itself within two days of its installation when Jim Giles and Pathfinder were credited with saving lives during the devastating tornadoes that struck Westport, Skiatook and Oologah.
An Indiana native, Jim received his bachelor of science in physics, chemistry, biology and math from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Newly commissioned as a regular Air Force officer upon graduation from Ball State, he started his training as a meteorologist at the University of Texas.
Numerous military assignments followed, including command of the Nha Trang weather station in Vietnam and three years at the Kansas City Severe Weather Warning Center. While in Kansas City, Jim had the honor of working with Colonel Robert C. Miller, the foremost pioneer in tornado forecasting. Jim received his masterís degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma where he worked on a tornado research project in association with the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
After leaving the Air Force, Jim taught physical science, biology, and meteorology at Holmes High School in San Antonio. He also taught meteorology at St. Maryís University and Trinity University in San Antonio and at the University of Texas at Austin. While finishing his PhD in meteorology, the NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas hired him as Chief Meteorologist.
Jim and his wife Hannah operated a commercial cattle ranch in Okmulgee County appropriately named "The Dizzy G." In addition to a herd of Registered Black Angus cattle, there are also longhorn cattle, horses, wild burros, miniature donkeys, llamas, pigmy goats, geese, ducks, guinea hens, chickens, turkeys, four dogs, numerous farm cats and a peacock roaming the Gilesí home on the range. Jim and his wife Hannah was in partnership with Bennett Steel, started the "Jim Giles Safe Rooms", a storm shelter business
Survivors include his wife Hannah of the home, two daughters; Andrea and husband Robert Jacobson of Okmulgee, Angela and husband Otto Svendsen of Okmulgee, a sister Venita and husband Tom Stark of Muncie, Indiana, seven granddaughters; Aleah, Bibi, Leilani, Amira, Sophia, Hannah and Krista, one grandson Erik and one expected great grandchild.
A private family committal service is scheduled. The Memorial Service for Mr. Giles will be on Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 2 pm at the German American Society of Tulsa Building at 2301 E. 15th street in Tulsa. There are limited parking spaces.
The family requests memorials be made in Jim Gilesí name to either "Gilesí Coats for Kids" in care of KOTV, The American Cancer Society for Research, or the American Heart Association.
Jim was truly an officer and a gentleman. His family will always value the deep love and compassion he gave so freely. The angels will have to polka until we are reunited.
McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made at mcclendon-winters.com