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2022, Lighthouse Park, Roosevelt Island, NYC
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So sorry to hear of my old friend. We were Boy Scouts together. Then he went off to work on the Alaska pipeline!! Miss him. So sorry.
So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing 
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Birthday Party
2006, Greenbriar
Birthday Party — with The "Clan"
Titanic Ball
The Avalon Ballroom, Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO, USA
Titanic Ball

we were very sad to hear of Jims passing we only just talked on the phone around the. Hollidays .

He always took time to write very nice letters to my mom his aunt  Lorraine  for years ,  I always wanted to get together but never worked out 

Jim was a great supporter of live music and the swing bands like mine (The Crystal Swing Band) in the area. His swing nights provided an outlet for the bands to play for a great community of dancers. And the dance floor at the Avalon is unparalleled!

We recorded our big band CD in two live performances at the Avalon. Jim offered to review the CD and provided an articulate, knowledgeable and positive review. He also supported the jazz clubs in the area – Boulder Friends of Jazz at the Avalon and Denver Jazz Club at the Westminster Elks. It was always fun to run into him outside of the swing nights and discuss music, bands, and whatever else came up. 

I appreciated his enthusiastic promotion of all of his events. The music and dancing has made all of our lives richer. His loss is felt, but we know he dances on……

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40th Vintage Dance Week
2022, Cincinnati
40th Vintage Dance Week

I first met Jim on the phone before his Tea Dance in Denver in September of 1994. I didn't even know what "Vintage Dance" was, but he was gracious and kind and inviting, and I felt welcomed to the dance before I had even arrived.

Jim was my biggest supporter in setting me on the vintage dance path to learn, perform, and teach. In recent months we had long conversations about how to build the dance community in my own area and beyond. He was passionate about teaching others to dance, giving them opportunities to do so, and advising me how to do the same. I will forever be grateful for his kindness, generosity, and friendship to me over the decades.

I knew there was always a mischievous grin and excellent dance partner waiting for me whenever my adventures brought me back to the Avalon. I am especially glad I had more dance time with him in 2022 than in recent years, not knowing it would be the last of our memories built together.

Thank you, Jim, for your compliments, your companionship, and the unique and special bond of friendship we shared. You helped me believe in myself, and I will hold near to my heart your confidence in me and my abilities. You gave me strength, and will continue to do so as I walk this path remembering your enduring advice, encouragement, and mentorship. Without you I would not be who and where I am today. Your inspiration will always be appreciated and valued, my dear friend.

2010, Coastal Portugal
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Teaching at the Mother's Day …
2016, Avalon Ballroom Boulder
Teaching at the Mother's Day Tea Dance
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I first remember meeting cousin Jimmy when I was still in elementary school. He had come to pay my parents a visit and they were gathered in the living room. After a little icebreaking, Jimmy and I got to chatting. Somehow, the conversation steered toward animals – a welcome subject for a nature show fanatic like myself.



Almost immediately I found myself engrossed in conversation with Jimmy over the myriad zoological topics that arose. I showed him some of my new issues of Zoobooks and my animal fact-file binder, as if to gauge the depths of this man's knowledge... and his knowledge went deep. I came away from our talk knowing more than when I came in.

Though I can’t remember exactly what fauna, flora, or natural phenomena we talked about I will always remember how Jimmy made me feel proud of the knowledge I had. He took real interest in what I was saying and engaged me in conversation as he would an adult, whether the topic was Komodo dragons or blue whales or fruit bats. He made me feel like my geeked-out enthusiasm for science and nature was really worth something.

I can only imagine the frantic stream-of-consciousness my child-sized mind must have thrown at him, but in that moment Jimmy made my shy younger self feel truly charismatic. From that day on I always looked forward to seeing him, and I will look back fondly on all the times I did.


It’s like Maya Angelou once said: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”



Rest in peace, cousin Jimmy.

Jim was the Impresario of the Avalon. His genius at building the best dance venue in the state (sprung oak floors, great stage, great acoustics) and bringing the best dance bands of the region together with some the best dancers around was pivotal to the success of the Avalon. Where would I be without the community he contributed so much to?

Thank you, Jim.

Jim - From the very beginning it was clear that your path would be unique and full of life. You lived up to that and more. You crafted your own amazing journey with imagination, talent, and kindness. You are dearly missed by many. We will continue to share our kayak trips, dances, new recipes, and our travels with you and you will continue to craft us as we remember you fondly.  
Time to get serious after col…
1979, Montana
Time to get serious after college
A lovely fall day on the river
2021, Snake River, Idaho
A lovely fall day on the river
They were a dynamic duo, he k…
1977, Nesconset, NY, USA
They were a dynamic duo, he knew every part of that 1959 bug with his eyes closed. — with Jim and a friend
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I joyfully remember dancing with Jim. It was such as treat to waltz or fox trot or polka with him. I remember taking ballroom dance lessons early on from Jim and his teaching partner. Later, I sponsored myself a private birthday dance party at the Avalon, just after it opened. I opened the event to any Avalon dancers who wanted to come. Jim was the DJ / caller for the contra dancing. Everyone had such fun. Thanks Jim for the dances and the memories and for all you have done for the dance community. May your spirit soar! From, Theresa Szczurek, Boulder, CO
Jim has been a great friend over the years, keeping in touch with letters the last ten.  While living in Colorado, I so enjoyed many dance events many of which Jim organized.  I will miss his presence in my life from a distance.  
Jim & Judy
2012, Titanic Ball - Avalon Ballroom, Boulder
Jim & Judy
Jim was the first person I met in the Colorado dance community. It was about 30 years ago at the Mountain Moon Festival. I had recently moved to Boulder from California. Jim went out of his way to greet me, introduce himself, and made me feel welcome. Since then, my friends and family have often attended the NYE party at the Avalon. Jim always greeted us warmly and made us feel like special guests, but I believe he made everyone there feel special. Jim was a warm, kind, generous soul who will be sorely missed. Tonight, we will offer a toast, "To absent friends" please raise a glass.  Jen
Jim and party guests
2010, Avalon Ballroom Boulder Colorado
Jim and party guests
It is very sad to hear of Jim's recent passing. He was a colleague in the acoustical consulting industry and we had met several times over the years at conferences. He authored numerous insightful papers and presentations on his work and studies of specific acoustical issues that he had researched or solved. He also participated as a judge to review nominations of individuals for industry awards. His contributions to the industry will be missed. At the same time, it's wonderful to read about his personal passions and pursuits on this page, as it is a whole other side to him that I was not aware of from our professional interactions. Rest in Peace Jim

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