After studying for his BA in Latin with Greek, followed by a teaching diploma at the University of Manchester, Jim Toomey spent two years' National Service teaching English and Maths at Catterick army camp.
He then taught Latin at King James's Grammar School for 15 years from 1953, during which period he was awarded an MA in Greek from Leeds University and spent a six month Sabbatical at Clare College, Cambridge. He was closely involved in the school Scout Troop and often involved the Scouts in archaeological digs in the locality. After a short spell as Head of Classics at Colne Valley High School, Jim became Deputy Head of Bromsgrove County High School in 1970.
Retirement in 1989 presented Jim with the opportunity to broaden his academic studies by undertaking the translation of medieval latin documents and he was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Birmingham in 1997.
Jim Toomey was Editor of Records of Hanley Castle, Worcestershire c. 1147-1547 (The Worcestershire Historical Society). He died in 2013.