JIM BELL died Nov. 24, 1990, at his home in Antigua, Guatemala, where he is buried. Although Jim was with us for only our first year, his affection for Princeton over the years remained very strong, as befits the greatgreat-greatgrandson of Princeton's sixth president, John Witherspoon, and the son of James Francis Bell '13.

Jim entered Princeton from Portland, Oreg., and Exeter, and lived at 16 Dickinson, He departed for Navy V12, was stationed at Walla Walla, Wash., and served in the Navy's supply corps. Jim served in the Seventh Fleet as a liaison officer aboard H.M.S. SHROPSHIRE and as a communications officer aboard the destroyer U.S.S. EARLE. Upon separation from service, he did not return to Princeton. He married Alice Lockhart and graduated from Whitman College, where his V12 unit had been stationed.

Jim was recalled for naval service during the Korean War and endured an extended stint, from 1950 to 1954, on three different flag staffs. He then joined Dole Pineapple in their San Jose, Calif., office. However, it was employment with SUNSET magazine which led to his lifelong career in Guatemala, After handling a market research project for SUNSET in Central America, he opened a guest house in Antigua and took up residence there more than 20 years ago with Alice and younger daughter Elizabeth. A major achievement was his collection of Indian costumes for the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., which led to locating and preserving an example of one complete Indian costume from virtually every village in Guatemala.

Jim is survived by his widow, as well as by two daughters, one son, and four grandsons. The Class extends its sympathy to them all.

The Class of 1945

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Undergraduate Class of 1945