A memory submitted by Kim Titus, Class of 1982

Dr. James B. “Barney” McGrath was my undergraduate and graduate advisor as well as being the department chair. He was always supportive even when he was having to be directive. I knew Dr. McGrath was an SMU graduate, himself, but was surprised to learn at his memorial that he had been a cheerleader in his undergraduate years. And then, it was no surprise at all. To be a student of Dr. McGrath’s meant having a coach, a mentor, but most especially one’s own cheerleader to encourage success. I do not think I would have gotten through the master’s program without his cheering me on.