COLTON – James Scott Bonner, 63, of Brown’s Bridge Road, peacefully passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 27, 2019 in the comfort of his home with his family and his dog by his side.
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Jim was born August 26, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, the second son of six to the late Phillip Ronley and Luella Francis (Craig) Bonner. On August 4, 1984, he married Robin Autenrieth; they were blessed with two daughters before divorcing. His educational path started with his graduation in 1973 from Peru High School. He continued his education at SUNY Plattsburgh, graduating in 1976 with his Bachelor’s Degree and in 1980 with his Masters from Clarkson University. In 1985, he was awarded his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University.
Jim started his career in academics at SUNY Plattsburg before accepting a position at Texas A&M University in College Station, where he would eventually become a full professor. Jim served as the Director of the Conrad Blucher Institute, Director of SERF (Shoreline Environmental Research Facility), Director of Research at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, and as the President/CEO of RATES (Research Applied Technology Education Service). He returned to Potsdam, NY in 2006 when he accepted a position as a professor at Clarkson University. Throughout his career, he mentored numerous graduate students who have further advanced the field of Environmental Engineering. He loved the Adirondacks and could be found boating on Hannawa Pond or downhill and cross-country skiing.
He is survived by his daughters, Gwen Bonner, MD and her husband, Jason Snyder, of Potsdam and Claire Carey and her husband, Adam, of Meredith, New Hampshire; his beloved granddaughters, Esme and Helen; his companion, Beth Barrett of Pierrepont; and his brothers, Jeff of St. Louis, Missouri, Dave of Albany, New York; Dan of Peru, New York; Jon of Atlanta, Georgia; and Roger of Wilmington, New York; and many close sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
At his request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. A private celebration of his life will be held at his home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the North Country Children’s Museum by visiting: http://www.northcountrychildrensmuseum.org/support/ and the Adirondack Council by visiting: https://adirondackcouncil.donorshops.com/products/donations