Jim died Dec. 27, 2007, in Shreveport, La.
Jim graduated from Riverdale Country School in Riverdale, N.Y., and at Princeton he majored in English, graduating with honors. He was also stage manager for Triangle Club and Theatre Intime. During World War II he served with the Army.
Postwar he gradually earned a national reputation as a theater-design consultant. Jim was brought to Shreveport in the mid-50s by the Lyons family to act as consultant on the design and construction of the stage and house portions of the Marjorie Lyons Play-
house. After construction he stayed on as its first technical director. He and Hall Lyons established The Arts Lab, and it was here that Jim came into his own — as a designer for spaced scenery and self-supporting sets. Jim wrote many books on theater design, scenery, and lighting, which he continued to update until he was well up in years.
His first wife, Dorothy, and his second wife, Edmund (“Mundy”), both predeceased him. He is survived by a son, James; two daughters, Catharine Koellen and Mary Alice Rountree; and three grandchildren; to all of whom the class extends its condolences.