James Stanford Hume

In Faculty, HACC News, Profiles by Nick Hughes

James Stanford Hume, 74 a former Professor at the Lancaster campus of HACC died on July 7, 2015. He was born on February 5, 1941, in Pasadena, California.

As a child, Hume traveled quite often. This was because his father was military doctor. Hume graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1965. He served a tour in Vietnam in 1967 through 1968. He earned both the bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service. He attended Virginia State and earned his Master’s Degree while serving as a ROTC officer. After a 22 year-long service period Hume retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. During this time, Hume was a director of finance for Governor Thornburgh. He then went on to become a professor at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in mathematics.
While at HACC, Professor Hume left quite an impression on a number of people. One such person was HACC’s Dean of Academic Affairs, Michael Corradino. In an interview, Corradino recalled his first day at HACC and remembered sitting down with Hume and talking about what needed to be done in order to make HACC a better school. One thing that Hume is fondly remembered for is his role in the creation of the Lancaster Faculty Assembly (LFA). The LFA is the faculty equivalent of the Student Government Associations at HACC. It gives the faculty a say in administrative procedure. Thanks to Professor Hume’s efforts, Lancaster Campus became the first campus to have an assembly.
Communications Professor Jerry Fernandes, colleague and friend of Hume, is quoted saying, “No ill word was ever spoken of Jim Hume.” In an interview with Fernandes it was clear that Hume was well respected and put forth the utmost effort in everything that he did.
During his transitional retirement from HACC Hume gave a lot of time to help first offender teens the help they needed to get into programs to help them and turn their lives around. Among Hume’s many hobbies were golf, scuba diving and piloting.
Hume is survived by his wife, Michelle Polinitz. He is also survived by two children from his first marriage to Claudia Barclay. Professor Hume will be interred in Arlington National Cemetary.