|James S. Avery, Sr. (1923-2011)|
So now belatedly I am posting this as a tribute to his life and extend my sympathy to Joan (Showers) Avery and the Avery family.
Jim had a remarkable life story. He studied engineering at Columbia University and played for its football team.
He was an early African-American executive of a Fortune 500 company, Exxon, and headed two national organizations. He was a leader in local education in Union County, NJ with a focus on getting more disadvantaged youngsters to seek high education and find their place in it.
|Jim's life story (2006).|
The purpose of the Council was to generate better measures of performance of state and local government to permit greater fiscal accountability and management efficiency.
|The book we wrote together, published by |
Facts on File.
I benefited also from our many conversations about American business and governments, American history, his family, and my family.
When Alice and I went to Japan with our two children under the auspices of the Japan Society, he arranged with a friend for the use of what they call in Tokyo a gaijin palace - an American-sized apartment in a city where people are used to living in half the space.
Jim was clear-eyed about everything he did and read. He was an inspiration to me as well as to so many others.