Deceased June 18, 2018
Jim was the second of the four classmates we lost this June, passing away June 18 at the age of 94 in Evanston, Ill. He was born in Asheville, N.C., in 1924 and raised in nearby High Point. He attended Davidson College until he entered military service in 1943.
After his tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force, he came to Amherst and was a member of Psi U, where he formed a host of lifelong friendships. He then earned an M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, leading to a seven-decade career in finance and education.
He returned to North Carolina for a few years, putting his education and training to work, but I have been unable to learn precisely what he did at that time. In 1955 he headed to the Midwest (via Canada) and made his living in Chicago, working in the investment and education fields with lots of interesting travel along the way. His work took him to the treasury department of the University of Chicago, and, finally, he served as a consultant to the Educational Testing Service, from which he retired at the age of 84.
A rather private person with a very warm personality and numerous friends, Jim never married but was affectionately close to his nieces, nephews and their families.
A most loyal alum, Jim came to virtually all our reunions, including the 65th, even though he was residing in an assisted-living facility at the time. Ever gracious, he is remembered by his fraternity brothers with warm affection.
Gerry Reilly ’49