National Board Remembers James W. Greenawalt Jr.
The National Board mourns the loss of former Oklahoma chief James W. Greenawalt Jr. who died on Tuesday, May 14.
A memorial service will be held at the Oklahoma City Boat Club on Monday, May 20, 2013, at 4:00 pm. For more information, click this link to the Ford Funeral Service web page.
Mr. Greenawalt was elected to National Board membership in 1981. His professional career began in the US Air Force when he was drafted in 1952. His military career spanned 20 years, seven of those as a single-engine jet fighter pilot. In 1960, he transitioned to a job in Air Force financial management. His career advanced to a position on the Air Force Inspector General’s traveling inspection team where he assisted in inspecting financial management operations.
His last assignment with the Air Force was at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma as the base comptroller. In 1972, he left the military and started a new life and career as a civilian. He became employed with the Boy Scouts of America as a professional organizer in Altus before joining the Oklahoma State Labor Department as a boiler inspector. In 1979, he earned his National Board Commission and was also named Oklahoma chief boiler inspector. He was appointed director of the Oklahoma Safety Standards Division in 1983. He left his post with the state in 1996.