The Bio below was part of the program to Celebrate Jamie’s Life and Legacy which took place on April 14th. Our family remains overwhelmed with gratitude for the presence of so many of you at his service and for the many emails, notes, and gestures of true kindness that have been of great comfort as we navigate this first summer without him. Your tender, wise, and persistent ways of supporting us and honoring Jamie mean the world to us.
Jamie was born in Albany, NY on October 2, 1942. His parents, Jean and Ewen, emigrated from Scotland and settled in Manitoba, Canada before moving to the United States, first to Worcester, MA and then to Albany, NY, where Jamie was born as the youngest of four siblings (Duncan, Airlie and Stuart). The family moved to Lake Placid, NY and Montreal where Jamie’s father was Chief of Psychiatry at McGill University and the first Director of the Allan Memorial Institute. Jamie went to grade school at Lower Canada College (LCC) in Montreal, then boarding school at Hotchkiss in CT, and graduated from Northwoods in Lake Placid, NY, where he and his family built many enduring roots over the years. Jamie graduated from McGill University in 1965, received a law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1968 and then a postgraduate law degree in taxation (LLM) from New York University Law School in 1971.
In 1978, in North Hatley, Quebec, Jamie married Jane Bradley, a childhood friend from holidays in Lake Placid. They lived in New York City before moving to Hastings-on-Hudson in 1981 where they raised their three sons. Jamie was the proud father, father-in-law, and grandfather to Ewen (Carrie, Jane, and Will), Philip, and Duncan (Caroline, James, Ellie, and Connor.) He was also an adored uncle to eleven nieces and nephews.
Jamie had an inspiring legal career, centered on his time at Baker & McKenzie. In 1974, he became partner at Baker & McKenzie, where he headed the Insurance Industry Practice Group. He also served in various executive roles at the firm including managing partner of the New York office, Chairman of the Worldwide Policy Committee, and Vice Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee. At nights he took courses in architecture and urban planning which remained lifelong interests, and in his ‘free time’, he served as an active board member of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, Scenic Hudson, the National Environmental Trust, and the Hudson River Foundation. He was a member of the Hastings-on-Hudson Zoning Board and Chair of the Planning Board.
The family spent parts of every summer in North Hatley, Quebec, and in 2002, built a home there that will remain a testament to Jamie’s creativity, practicality and persistent work in maintaining it so lovingly. He had ‘refined’ these qualities in the “tiny house” the family built in the Beaverkill Valley where the family spent many week-ends hiking and camping. He was an avid skier, bicyclist, golfer, sailor, reader, and hiker among many other hobbies. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Jamie died on March 13th, 2018 following a skiing accident in Meribel, France, where he was skiing with Jane and dear friends. He died doing what he loved; he will be deeply missed and long remembered.
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