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Carroll S. James Jr. ’58

Published in Oct. 8, 1997, issue

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Carroll S. James Jr., Mar. 24, 1997, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Carroll entered Princeton from Hagerstown H.S. in Maryland. He first roomed with Dan McDonald, Mike Curan, and Bud Burke. In his last two years the suite was expanded to include Jim Clarke, Bill Cox, Gib Kirwan, and Ken Lenert. Carroll was a member of Dial Lodge and active in WPRB. As a DJ for local New Brunswick and Trenton stations during his student days, Carroll's quick wit was much appreciated by Princeton's late night denizens and studiers.

After graduation and Coast Guard service, Carroll became a disc jockey in the D.C. area, where he made popular music history by being the first to play a Beatles record on radio in the U.S. In 1969, he went to freelance announcing, and was in constant demand. Carroll was active on the boards of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. We shall always remember that great voice of "CJ the DJ."

Carroll is survived by his wife and undergraduate sweetheart, Betty, their two daughters, Lauren and Christine, his son-in-law, Jeff Guelcher, and his parents, Carroll Sr. and Margaret.

We shall miss his willingness to listen, good words for everyone, and, certainly, his own inimitable style in recounting broadcasting bloopers.

The Class of 1958

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