Jim followed his father, Tom Mettler ’33, to both Andover and Princeton. At both institutions he was outstanding in soccer and track. At Princeton Jim waited tables in Commons, joined Charter Club, majored in politics, and performed in the musical Showboat. Roommates included Dan Carmichael, Pete Cary, Tom Gilbert, Bob Heinze, Tom Mineo, Ross Odell, Terry Seymour, George Weiksner, and Gary Wilmore ’67.
Jim then attended New York University Law School, rooming with classmate Larry Horn. His career was in legal-publication sales.
A lifelong resident of New York State, Jim resided in Suffern with his wife, Ellie. He was active in community affairs, including serving as president of the Antrim Players (the state’s oldest community theater) and head deacon of Suffern Presbyterian Church.
Jim’s wide-ranging interests included stamp-collecting, boating, fishing, and generally enjoying Lake George, where he owned a lakeside cabin. Jim submitted a photo of his cabin den in the 2018 PAW “Show Your Stripes” contest, earning the title “best Princeton room” for its over-the-top display of Princeton memorabilia.
The class extends its condolences to Ellie; daughters Samantha, Marlo, Mindy, Lauren, Lisa, and Lynda; and Jim’s grandchildren.