Noted Geodesist Jim Cain Passes

It is with a heavy heart that I feel I should make sure you are aware of the passing of Jim Cain. If you knew him you know he was an important geodesist who was a major driver and manager of the OGP’s EPSG coordinate database registry. He was also very active in the APSG and other organizations. If you can’t make it to pay your respects in person feel free to pass a note on to Liz Cain his wife or Michael Barnes his colleague and good friend. Liz is surrounded by her family. I have been asked to handle some communications with Jim’s many professional friends and colleagues that are outside of the APSG. I know that Liz would appreciate a note of condolence from you, email at or 12418 Stafford Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77077. Michael can be reached at

Jim Cain was a man of legendary integrity, good humour, and reliability. We all feel an emptiness and he will be greatly missed. His obituary is here:

Funeral Arrangements
Visitation will be at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Drive, Houston, on Tuesday December 3 from 6pm to 8 pm. Funeral is Wednesday, December 4 at 10am at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 15015 Memorial Drive, Houston. The Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Texas A&M Alumni Association.

Submitted by
Patrick Cunningham
Chapter Chair 2012-2014
APSG US East Chapter
Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics