George W. James
Dr. George William James, 85, beloved father, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
He was born in 1925, in Ashland, Ohio, to Lawrence and Minerva James. From 1966-1984, Dr. James was vice president and chief economist of the Air Transport Association in Washington, D.C. He served as national president of the National Association of Business Economists, and chairman of the Conference of Business Economists, a private group of chief economists of the major corporations and financial institutions of the United States. He published over 50 articles on airline economics and was editor of the book, “Airline Economics.”
Dr. James graduated from Ohio State University and held a master’s degree from the University of Texas and a doctorate in economics from Georgetown University. He served on the Transportation Research Board of the National Science Foundation, the Business Advisory Council of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Economic Advisory Board of the Department of Commerce.
He and his wife, Phyllis, moved to the Sandhills in 1990. He was president of Whispering Pines Country Club, a founding member and elder of Sandhills PCA as well as chairman of the board and founder of Sandhills Classical Christian School.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Phyllis, and is survived by his son, Daniel James, of Linden, Va.; daughters, Robyn James, of Southern Pines, and Cherlyn Reich, of Greenville; and three grandchildren, James Shields, Morgan Reich and Chelsea Reich.
A memorial service will be held at Belle Meade Chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215.
Condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.