Former Professor PassesJim L. Brock, 1949 - 2009
The York College community is saddened by the sudden passing of alumnus and former YC faculty member, Jim "JB" Brock. JB died on Thursday, Jan. 15 at approximately 1:00 p.m. after suffering from a cardiac arrest, internal bleeding, kidney failure and other complications, according to a Pepperdine University housing office official. JB was a long-time housing administrator at Pepperdine, serving the university for more than twenty years. He was 59.
"JB made everyone he met feel like they were special… and that's because he was the special one," said Mark Davis, Seaver College dean of student affairs. "He put people first, and as a result he made us a stronger and more loving community."
JB graduated from York College in 1969, majoring in speech and drama. He was president of the Sigma Tau social club and performed in many of the theatre productions while at YC, including Merchant of Venice where he was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Prince of Arragon.
He returned to campus to head the communications department and direct the YC theatre productions (1977-1982). He sponsored Soul Concern, taught speech, and directed the forensics team in his seven years on the faculty. He also helped to direct Songfest and was a co-sponsor of Sigma Tau.
JB began his career at Pepperdine in 1984 in the Seaver College Career Development Center. He went on to serve as director of residential life, associate dean of students in student affairs, and director of housing.
The son of a former Green Bay Packer, Brock was known for his love of life and dedication to students and the university. He was known as a "softie" around the office because he always took the side of the student and was firm believer in second chances.