Last updated September 2013.

Owl Musings
Quinton James

My career in child psychiatry has been an extraordinary journey, from being the Director of a community mental health clinic, to the Coordinator for Child Mental Health Services for Los Angeles County, 5 years of full time private practice, and then to the Charles R. Drew Medical School as Director of Child and Adolescent Services. Early in my career I became the President of the Southern California Society for Child Psychiatry and while president we had what may have been one of the earliest conferences in the U.S. on Infant Psychiatry.

Life Member LogoAfter my retirement in 1988, I found more time to do what I had always wanted to do. Later that year I took a position as a Child Psychiatrist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, to evaluate children with mental health problems and plan for their education with other professionals. My daughters had completed their college years and I was able move to the Los Angeles School District full time until 2000 and later returned part time until 2011, when I fully retired. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career as a Child Psychiatrist. I treated patients of all races and ethnicities. Each patient was a challenge and I made it a goal to make each session therapeutic.

During my years with LAUSD, I found time for one of my passions, to supervise child fellows at USC County General Hospital and other mental health professionals in LAUSD. Many of the fellows I have supervised over the years walk up to me at the Academy meetings and thank me for the time and knowledge they gained. I was also active with Southern California Psychiatric Society, as a member of the council and worked on committees with the Southern California Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Another one of my passions is volunteering with non-profit organizations. I¹ve been a board member and served two years as chairman of the board of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. The clinic will be 90 years in 2014. I take pride that in my 21 years as a board member; the clinic built two buildings that are paid in full. My involvement as a member of the organizations, Physicians for Social Responsibility, has been a source of satisfaction. LA World Affairs Council and Town Hall Of Los Angeles.

Traveling is another major interest. Traveling to the east coast to enjoy extended family activities is always wonderful. I enjoy planning trips and have gone to seven Olympics, Cuba with a group of Psychiatrists, twice to Russia to see my three grandchildren, whose family lived there five years and taught me some Russian. Learning to speak Spanish really helped during a 6 weeks stay in Spain. I am looking forward to the next great adventure, the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

My greatest passion is my family and extended family. My wife Marcia and I have been married 52 years. We have two daughters, a son- in-law and three grandchildren, 2 granddaughters and a grandson. They are a delight and being with them is a remarkable experience. It is so much fun to pick them up from school, play games, especially our favorite, Scrabble, talk, visit museums and take vacation trips.

Most of all, I¹m in good health and able to do the things I want to do. I found time to prepare for three LA Marathons and run/walk in many 5Ks raising money for good causes and improving my health. There is still time to plant a garden in the back yard. I enjoy working the soil and seeing the plants grow and eating a delicious meal of fresh vegetables.

“He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy”