He came to Princeton from New Hartford (N.Y.) High School, where he was class president his senior year and active in track, cross country, theater, and music.
At Princeton, he majored in history, ate at Ivy, and roomed with Al Hurley, Bill Strong, Josh Libresco, Mark Muenchow, and Dan Cronheim. He sang in the Glee Club, was a member of Whig-Clio, where he chaired its Bicentennial Lecture Series on American History, and gave Orange Key tours. He was also president of The Katzenjammers, which he led to St. Louis on the group’s first major national tour our senior year. Active in alumni affairs, Jim served as class secretary and class historian and assisted with Annual Giving.
After Princeton, Jim graduated from NYU’s School of Law, where he served as co-editor-in-chief of The Annual Survey of American Law and was awarded the Vanderbilt Medal for service to the law school
Jim began his legal career in Manhattan with a clerkship for federal district court judge Vincent L. Broderick ’41, following which he engaged in the private practice of law for 42 years at firms in New York City and Washington, D.C., representing clients in litigations around the country in both trial and appellate courts. For many years he served as a board member and as chairman of the American Hellenic Institute, a D.C.-based advocacy organization dedicated to applying the rule of law in U.S. relations with Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey (ahiworld.org). His other interests included travel, sailing, book collecting, and enjoying the company of good friends. In particular, he enjoyed attending the annual reunions of professor Robert Hollander’s seminar on Dante’s Divine Comedy, some of which evolved into week-long programs held at a restored Tuscan castle.
He is survived by his wife Denise; son Alex; brother Gerald; sister Barbara; and several nieces and nephews, to all of whom the class extends deepest condolences.