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James D. Wilmot ’41

James D. Wilmot ’41 died January 29, 2010.
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Jim died at age 92 on Jan. 29, 2010, at his home in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Jim prepared for Amherst at The Taft School, spending only two years with us and later attending The Rhode Island School of Design, The New School and The Art Student’s League in New York City. While at Amherst, Jim was a member of Thelta Delta Chi and the concert choir.

In 1940, Jim enlisted in the Coast Artillery and after Pearl Harbor joined the Army Air Corps, becoming a bombardier. Jim received several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of completing 25 missions over Europe as a second lieutenant.

Jim enjoyed a distinguished career in the theater and art world. He was co-owner, along with his companion Franklyn Lenthall, of the Boothbay Playhouse for 25 years. Together they formed the world-renowned Nicholas Knight-Corey House.

In later years, Jim became a painter. His works were exhibited in many galleries in the Northeast and New York.

—John Jinishian ’41

 

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