Jim Wynn, who served as coordinator of publications at McNeese State from 1958 to 1972 and was known as the “voice of the McNeese Cowboys”, passed away recently. He was 90 years old.
A native of Harvey, N.D., he served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1949 and worked at newspapers in Houma, New Iberia, Beaumont, Alexandria and Abbeville as both editor and sports editor.
Following his time at McNeese, he served as director of information services at Georgia Tech and was coordinator of publications for the Calcasieu Parish School Board for 12 years.
During his newspaper career he earned numerous awards for his writing including the Associated Press’ Hal Boyle Award for best column in Louisiana and Mississippi.
He was one of the founding fathers of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and and served as both president and treasurer of the organization.
In 2006 he was awarded the LSWA’s Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
During his time at McNeese he served as the play by play announcer for Cowboy football and basketball games, thus earning the title of “voice of the Cowboys.”
He was also a sports broadcaster for KPLC-TV, a longtime member of the Lake Charles Rotary Club (Rotarian of the Year) and a member of the Serra Club.
Survivors include four daughters, Sharon Ashford of Lake Charles, Doreen “Bo” Finnie of Carlyss, Kitty Gavel of Sulphur and Cici Gibson of Carencro, nine granddaughters and 12 great grandchildren.