When he’s not busy inventing things to change the world, genius Jim McCoy and his beautiful wife Vicki enjoy hiking in the Wichita Mountains, the nearest summer get-away to Wichita Falls, Texas.
While acknowledging the Wichita Mountains can’t compete with the Canadian Rockies which tower over Banff, Alberta, Canda, Vicki said the wildlife refuge about sixty miles from Wichita Falls is a great weekend escape from the blistering l00 degree temperatures which regularly assault the residents of this city of 105,000 in North Texas.
“Jim and I hiked around French Lick Lake (in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge), and really enjoyed it earlier this summer. It’s very scenic.”
More recently, the jet-setting couple really escaped the sizzling Texas heat by traveling to Banff, Alberta, Canada.
“Gorgeous scenery in Banff. The Canadian Rockies are awe-inspiring,” Vicki said, having been there with her brilliant husband on several occasions.
Jim McCoy is to the oil industry what Bill Gates is to computers. Jim invented a device called the Echometer which revolutionized the oil industry around the world many years ago. Nowadays, it is impossible to compete in the modern oil business without an Echo-Meter. McCoy had his invention patented so that he continues to receive revenues from its use from the United States to Saudi Arabia.
Vicki and he have been generous in the philanthropic arena having contributed large chunks of their hard-earned revenues to worthwhile causes such as Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas and Faith Mission for the homeless in the North Texas area. On April 20, 2012, the McCoy School of Engineering at Midwestern State University received a pledge of $3.3 million to expand its laboratory facilities, faculty and program space. The generous donation from James and Vicki McCoy will help the university introduce a master’s program in mechanical engineering.
Well-established decades ago, Jim continues to run his business as president in Wichita Falls and work out rigorously with Vicki.
“She keeps me coming out to the gym to exercise everyday,” Jim said, his white teeth flashing in a grin to his wife who is setting a brisk pace on the treadmill.
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