Pepperdine Mourns the Passing of Former Equine Instructor James Wyllie

April 13, 2017  | 1 min read

James Wyllie, Pepperdine University’s longtime equestrian educator, passed away on March 16. He was 98.

A memorial service will be held at Pepperdine’s Stauffer Chapel on Saturday, April 15, at 4 PM, with reception to follow in the Fireside Room.

Wyllie’s remarkable teaching career spanned six decades and 65,000 students. His popular courses were accented with student riding trips abroad, and his horse management studies were accompanied by elements of history, art, music, and literature.

He taught courses at University of California, Los Angeles, California Lutheran University, Santa Monica College, and Pepperdine University for 30 years.

“Jim was not only a great equestrian and stable master, he was a life coach,” said Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton. “He was a teacher to so many students, and surrogate father to many young boys and girls. When they rode with him in those hills, he made them better people. He understood his craft at a deep, deep level.”

To learn more about Wyllie’s life and accomplishments, visit the Malibu Times website.