Jim Kelly was raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin and followed his father's profession with a DDS degree from Marquette University in 1956. He then went onto join the Navy where he served on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger upon its commission. After serving in the Navy, Jim began his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Michigan, which included an MS degree in 1962. During his residency at the University of Michigan Jim met his wife, Lois. They were married in La Crosse in 1962 and Jim returned to the Navy. He received his ABOMS certification in 1964 while living in Hawaii. Jim's illustrious career in the U. S. Navy included directing the OMS Residency Programs at Boston Naval Hospital and at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also appointed Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University. Other appointments included visiting professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and at the University of North Carolina. During his Navy career, Jim progressed to the rank of Captain, which included a major duty in 1980 as Special Assistant for Research to the Surgeon General of the U. S. Navy. He then advanced to Commanding Officer, Naval Medical Research and Development, where he served until retirement in 1985. Jim's first post-retirement position was Director of Research, Sinai Hospital of Detroit and consultant to the OMS Department in the hospital. In 1990, he was asked to join the AAOMS staff as consultant and Director of Research and Quality Standards. This national organization was fortunate to use Jim's talent in directing research through important clinical studies and, with a co-investigator, establishing the Parameters of Care Project. Further recognition of Jim's leadership talent was indicated by his 1994 appointment as AAOMS Senior Director for Health Care Delivery/Research, and, in 1997, being named the Executive Director of the OMS Foundation. Jim's tenure in the Navy and with his profession have taken him all over the country and the world. He and his family have lived in Hawaii; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; Bethesda, Maryland; Farmington Hills, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois. Countries Jim has visited include China, Turkey, Ireland, Vietnam, Peru, Egypt, Venezuela, to name just a few. Amidst his accomplished career, Jim found time to be a dedicated father to his five children, Jim, Kristin, David, Brad and Kara. He also has nine grandchildren, Campbell, Andie, James, Jiro, Skyler, Reese, Tamasyn, Fisher and Jack. In his retirement Jim enjoyed life in the warmth of the Arizona desert sun. He spent his days reading, golfing and traveling with his best friend and wife Lois. Jim passed peacefully into eternal life on February 7, 2012. He was 79 years of age.