In Memoriam:  Jim Hinojosa (PhD ’89), Alumnus, Chair, and Professor Emeritus, Occupational Therapy

Jim Hinojosa (PhD ’89) was a mentor, leader, an NYU Steinhardt alumnus, and an advocate for the field of occupational therapy.  In a 26-year career at NYU, he served as an associate professor, professor, chair, and was named professor emeritus upon his retirement in 2016.  He died on August 6, 2018.

A specialist in pediatric occupational therapy, Hinojosa was the author of Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy (LWW, 2009), Texture of Life (AOTA, 2014), Perspectives on Human Occupation (Davis, 2017), and more than 150 academic articles.  In 2007, he was recognized with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s distinguished Eleanor Clark Slagle lectureship.  Ten years later, he was named one of the 100 Influential People in the field of occupational therapy.

At NYU Steinhardt, Hinojosa served as the director of the Department of Occupational Therapy’s post-professional graduate program,   He gave generously of his time to his students, serving as doctoral committee chair, advisor, and trusted friend, and was awarded NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

“Jim was a teacher who always pulled me into the discussion and guided me in the right direction,” wrote Chiao-Ju Fang (PhD ’18).  “I still remember his smile and support on my first day in the OT department, twelve years ago. His kind emails with wise suggestions and warm blessings through the years have significantly impacted my academic life.”

Reflecting on the influence of her “dear friend, mentor, and teacher,” alumna Patricia Gentile (DPS ’10) quoted Pericles, “What you leave behind is not engraved in stone monuments but woven into the life of others.”

Hinojosa is survived by Steven A. Smith, his partner of 42 years, his mother, and two brothers.  A celebration of his life will be held on the September 27, 2018 at NYU Steinhardt and a scholarship will be established in his memory.