Dec. 18, 2013
Obituary: Jimmie T. G. Coulson
Jimmie T. G. Coulson, chairman of Idaho's Coeur d'Alenes Co. and a long-time leader of the service center industry, died Dec. 14 at age 80.
Mr. Coulson was born Oct. 17, 1933 in Glenns Ferry Idaho. He worked in his stepfather's print shop in Boise from an early age. He later served in the Navy Air Corp. during the Korean Conflict and attended Boise Jr. College where he played football. He continued his studies at the University of Utah and University of Idaho while working full time in the printing business and raising a family with his wife, Arlene.
Mr. Coulson went to work for The Coeur d'Alenes Co., now known as Cd’A Metals, in 1960. He was later promoted to steer the company through bankruptcy. Under his leadership, the company was one of the first in Idaho to successfully emerge from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. At times pledging his own personal assets as collateral on financing, he engineered a reorganization of the company that prevented its sell-off and saved 70 local jobs.
Among his many leadership roles in various community and business organizations, Mr. Coulson was one of the organizers and founders of Inland Northwest Bank and continued as a director until he retired. In the metals industry, he served on the boards of the Steel Service Center Institute and later the Metals Service Center Institute. MSCI honored him with its President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the organization over several decades. He was also a director of the North American Steel Alliance.
Lonnie Terry, president and CEO of NASA, notes that Mr. Coulson played a key role in the early years of the buying group. “His expertise in financial matters made him the perfect fit to serve as co-chair of our audit/finance committee. His industry knowledge, guidance, leadership and sense of humor, at a critical time for the co-op, were indispensable. Jimmie Coulson's numerous contributions to NASA and the entire metals community are greatly appreciated and will be missed.”
Bob Weidner, MSCI president and CEO, lauded Mr. Coulson for his many years of service to the institute and gave him much credit for the formation of MSCI’s Inland Northwest chapter. "It was really due to his conviction and energy that MSCI created the chapter. He was a recipient of the institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor we bestow. I have never known a more humble, decent or caring individual. He and wife Arlene are two wonderful people who created a great business out there in the Pacific Northwest, and also created many, many friendships within the framework of that business. He will be greatly missed."
A reception celebrating his life will be held on Dec. 28, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Cutter Room of the Spokane Club. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane WA 99202.