He came to Princeton from Bethpage High School on Long Island, N.Y., barely 17 years old. He put his strong left arm to good use in freshman baseball and quarterbacking The Daily Princetonian’s touch football team. Classmates remember his charisma, friendliness, warmth, and teasing sense of humor. He worked at Commons, volunteered for the Trenton Tutorial Project, and served in the business office at the Prince. Roommates included Liddell, Camm, and O’Grady ’72 for first three years, before he joined the ’71 contingent in 18th-entry Little senior year. He majored in history and went on to graduate from law school at Boston University in 1976.
He worked for Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon first in San Francisco, then Los Angeles, and then back to San Francisco. Jim married fellow attorney Mary Reilley in 1985. He later started his own law firm with Mary. His practice was mostly defending fellow lawyers sued for malpractice. Jim carried on his strong Tower friendships, including regular summer outings with Mike Mayo, Lape and Bokum. Jim cared deeply about Princeton and gave time and resources to Annual Giving and the Alumni Schools Committee.
Jim and Mary moved to their mountain home in Truckee, Calif., to be close to recreation opportunities fulltime in 2015 after retiring from their law practices. Jim still traveled in the U.S., Europe, and Patagonia in his last years. The class extends its condolences to Mary and other family and friends.