Jim Reuther received a bachelor’s in chemistry in 1973, a master’s in chemistry in 1976 and a doctorate in fuel science in 1979. In 1984, he retired as associate professor of fuel science after advising the scholarly research of five doctoral and seven master of science graduates. In 2015, he retired from a global nonprofit as a research leader in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapons of mass destruction defense. He has traveled from Alaska to Afghanistan as a subject matter expert investigating fires and explosions, defeating improvised explosive devices (IEDs), reducing IED fireball skin burns, collecting forensic intelligence on weapons of mass destruction, and demilitarizing chemical weapons. He has won eight patents and an R&D100 Award for a top invention in the World in 1996. He is a 2011 Ohio Soccer Hall of Fame referee inductee. Reuther’s retirement plans include volunteering and more writing, including tales on light whispering and flame wizardry. He is Theresa Reuther’s widower; they were married for 36 years. He has two adult children.