Larry James joined TIAA as a lifetime member in May 2000. “I was living in California and the TIAA newsletters and website proved a great way to stay in touch with the company and my TI friends”. Larry graduated from Ohio State University in 1968, and joined TI as a manufacturing engineer in the TTL integrated circuit department. Soon he was drafted and spent almost two years in the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. Returning to TI in 1972, Larry shifted focus and spent the remainder of his career in finance, working in the Semiconductor business (including a seven year stint in Japan), the Defense Systems business and Corporate. Larry retired in 1998 but remained active in international finance and the semiconductor industry through 2012. Larry and his wife Sharon have been married 48 years and have two sons and four grandsons.