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JAMES ELWOOD BAYNE
Born: May 6, 1940
Jim died of pancreatic cancer on January 5, 2015. A memorial service was held on January 16 in Dallas. His roommate and lifetime friend Bill Stork has ordered an "In Memoriam Brick" to be placed in the Mory's courtyard.
Jim prepared for Yale at Gross Pointe High School in Michigan. At Yale he roomed with Avner, Cook, McGlashan, Parker, Pharr, Stokstad and Stork, majored in History, and was on the Dean's list. He played on the Silliman swimming and softball team, and was a member of the Elizabethan Club and Phi Gamma Delta. He also was active in the Political Union and Young Republicans. After Yale he earned an MBA at Columbia with a major in finance. He held a number of positions with Exxon, which moved him to Argentina, Columbia, Florida ("definitely foreign for us"), "almost" El Salvador, and Belgium. His last posting was in NY, managing Exxon's pension, employee savings and other benefit funds. He retired in 2001.
The list of his volunteer board work and other civic and religious involvements is extraordinary in its depth and diversity. He served on the Bank of NY Client Advisory Board, the NYSE Pension Advisory Committee, the Financial Executives Institute Board, and the National Commission on Retirement Policy. He was a Fellow of the George Gallup International Institute, Vice President of the Incarnation Foundation and a member of the investment committee of the Episcopal Foundation and of the Episcopal Foundation of Dallas. He chaired the Episcopal Renewal Center for a number of years.
A member of the Association for Financial Professionals, Jim was on the executive committee for the Investment of Employee Benefits Assets and was a past Chairman. As a trustee of the Episcopal Church Pension Fund, he led its finance committee and was on the board of Church Life Insurance Co., Inc. He was an officer in the Order of St John, a major international humanitarian charity accredited to the United Nations, the branches of which provide health care and first responder services in over 40 nations around the world.
He is survived by his wife, June, his children James and Laura Lee, and two grandchildren.
He wrote deeply moving and personal reports in our 25th and 50th Reunion Books.
From his obituary: "While Jim's achievements are remarkable, he will be best remembered for his gregarious nature, thoughtful friendship and loving heart."
From Yale friends: "My memories of Jim from our undergraduate days are of his energy and how much fun he injected into our activities and discussions. He was a feisty guy who enjoyed life. A person who has substantially brightened the pathway for a portion of one's journey through life is remembered with great affection."
"It is so sad to lose a good friend and roommate.... So glad that I was able to spend quality time with both Jim and wife June at our 50th."