James E. Foxworthy was a professor of civil engineering at Loyola University and LMU from 1958 to 2004. As dean from 1968 to 1980, he helped oversee the reorganization of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering into the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Engineering. Under Professor Foxworthy's leadership, the college received national accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He later served as executive vice president of the university from 1981 to 1984. While a respected and able administrator, Professor Foxworthy returned full time to this true passion--teaching engineering--for the last twenty years of his career. During his time at the University, he redesigned the engineering curriculum with the rest of the engineering faculty and began the master's program in environmental engineering. He served as a summer visiting professor at the University of Canterbury in England and assisted the World Health Organization in developing water treatment projects in Rio de Janeiro and Barbados.
A war veteran, Professor Foxworthy served in the U.S. Army as a recon sergeant with the 578th Combat Engineer Battalion in Japan and Korea. He earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, and achieved the designation of professional engineer. Professor Foxworthy was named a Diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and received its Edward J. Cleary Award in 2005. He was also honored by the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering with its Education Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Engineering Profession. In April 2011, the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering dedicated the James E. Foxworthy, Ph.D., Fluid Hydraulics Laboratory in his honor. The Foxworthy lab, originally designed by Professor Foxworthy during his time on the faculty, combines a lecture hall and laboratories for tribology, rapid prototyping, material science, thermodynamics, and hydrology. Professor Foxworthy passed away in 2008.