In Memoriam: James McCroskery, Former RIC Administrator  

James McCroskery

James H. McCroskery, who retired from Rhode Island College in 2006 as assistant vice president for academic affairs, died on Dec. 6 after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer. He was 70.

McCroskery, who lived in Harwich, Mass., joined RIC in 1988 as professor of psychology and associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed assistant vice president in 2002.

Previously, he had served as professor and chair of the psychology department at SUNY College at Oswego, N.Y., where he worked from 1969 to 1988. He was also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at SUNY College at Oswego from 1982 to 1985.

He was a teaching assistant and part-time instructor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky from 1966 to 1968.

During his career, McCroskery made numerous presentations at scientific meetings, edited and published articles in professional journals and served as a book reviewer.

His professional activities included consulting for Behavioral Medicine Center at The John Hopkins University School of Medicine, and serving in many roles for the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Eastern Psychological Association. He was on the board of directors for the New England Educational Assessment Network.

McCroskery earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, including a bachelor’s from Wheaton College, Ill., and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

According to his obituary, McCroskery had been coming to Cape Cod nearly all his life. It was a place where he enjoyed sailing, hiking in the woods and tending to his property. He also participated in many activities of the Cape Cod Woodturners.

He is survived by his wife Janet, son Michael, brother Glenn, and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Highland Avenue, Chatham, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, or the Harwich Conservation Trust. For online condolences, please visit

Condolence cards and notes can be sent to Janet McCroskery, 93 Bay Road, Harwich, MA 02645 / / (508)-430-4031.