Jim worked as an English professor at the Central campus since September 1969. He was planning to retire on January 31, 2016.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Mary Lee Larson McKenna. He is survived by his son, Kyle McKenna, daughter, Bridget McKenna Richards and husband David; sister, Marie Ferrier; niece, Katie Ferrier Gage and husband Brian; nephew, Thomas Ferrier and great-niece, Dorothy Rose Gage.
A private family service was held at Forest Park East Cemetery where Mr. McKenna was interred next to his wife.
In lieu of flowers or plants, the family would appreciate donations to MD Anderson Cancer Center or the American Cancer Society.