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James Elmo Coqulllette ’43

Published in Sept. 8, 1999, issue

Jim died Jan. 23, 1999, following a long illness. He was 78.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he prepared at Pomfret School. Although he entered Princeton with the class, Jim wound up graduating from Coe College in Cedar Rapids in 1943.

His business career included the auto industry and banking, rising in the latter (Merchants Natl. Bank) from clerk to president and board chairman, retiring in 1984. Active in Cedar Rapids civic and community affairs, Jim served on the Chamber of Commerce, the Coe College board of directors, and the boards of Iowa Electric Light and Power, St. Luke's Hospital, and Wilson Foods Corp. He was a founding member of the Cedar Rapids Exchange Club.

Jim's wife of 42 years, the former Betty Jean Ewing, predeceased him in 1989. Survivors include children Carl, Corey, Paul, Claudia, and Mame, a sister, Janey Wray, and 12 grandchildren. To the entire family, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies.

The Class of 1943

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