Jim Blackburn died March 5, 2012, in Matthews, N.C., from complications relating to a stroke.
Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Michigan, Jim graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and followed his father, uncle, and grandfather to Princeton. Jim majored in English, was a member of Quadrangle Club, wrote for the Prince, and often played bridge late into the night.
After graduating, Jim ended up in North Carolina for a brief stint in the Army. He stayed down South, receiving a master’s in public administration from North Carolina State University and a law degree from Duke. For over 25 years, he served as general counsel to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. In 2011, Jim became a member of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in celebration of his commitment to North Carolina and dedication to public service.
Jim is survived by Cyndy, his wife of 37 years; their children, Sarah, Jamie ’08, and Natalie; and his grandson, Coleman. Jim had a nearly perfect Reunions attendance record and was a regular sight on campus for sporting events and alumni weekends. His keen sense of humor and dry wit will be missed by all.