James Richard Eifert, Ph.D., 77, of Three Rivers, MI, passed away peacefully in the company of his family on June 21, 2020, in Indianapolis, IN.

Jim was born April 10, 1943, in Dayton, to Albert Charles Eifert and Marian Frances (Kramer) Eifert. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Judith Marie (Rawers) Eifert; children, Rebecca Joniskan (Edvins) and Andrew (Virginia), of Indianapolis; and five grandchildren.

A metallurgical engineer, Jim earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 1965, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in 1967 and 1973, from The Ohio State University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1967-1969 in the Civil Engineer Corps, achieving the rank of Lieutenant.

An employee of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN,  from 1972 to 2005, Jim served as a professor, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, President of Rose-Hulman Ventures, and Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering. In 2005, Gov. Kernan named him “Sagamore of the Wabash.” He also helped develop Innovation Park at Notre Dame.

Jim and Judy moved to Three Rivers in 2005. Jim served on the Clear Lake Improvement Association Board. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and in the summers, he attended mass at Our Lady of the Lakes at YMCA Camp Eberhart.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6 p.m., July 1, 2020, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 5333 E. Washington St., Indianapolis. Live-stream and recording of the mass available at: http://www.ollindy.org/church-home. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio. Arrangements by Oakley Hammond Funeral Home, 5342 E. Washington St., Indianapolis. 

Memorial contributions: Our Lady of Lourdes Church Capital Campaign, Indianapolis, IN; Chaminade-Julienne High School, Dayton, OH; Cathedral High School Centennial Campaign, Indianapolis, IN; Wabash Valley Art Spaces, or The Eifert Family Fund at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

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