Nall, James E. passed away on the morning of December 26th 2012 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "Jim Nall" as most people knew him, is survived by his wife of 63 years, V. ann Nall and their two children, Sarah Nall-Lono (married to Norman Y. Lono) of Tenafly, NJ and Stephen Ivy Nall. Jim is also survived by his sister, Sue Allen of Lexington, KY and a widowed sister-in-law, Sandra Nall. He has 2 grandchildren, Elaine and Eileen Nall. James was preceded in death by his younger brother Ralph Nall, his brother-in-law Chase Allen and his niece Susan Hime (Allen). Born on December 8, 1921 in Lone Oak, KY, James grew up in western Kentucky where his first management experience came running a gas station at age 12. While working hard to help support the family, he continued to maintain such a high level of achievement in school that he was chosen to attend the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business. There he was elected to the School of Business Honor Society and nominated for Phi Beta Kappa. By 1944 he was working at Booz, Allen and Hamilton Management Consultants in their New York and Chicago offices. It was there he met Verna Ann Kath who soon became his bride. In 1949 he moved on to work with Robert McNamara at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan and Kansas City, MO. Admittedly one of the most satisfying periods of his work life was leading the Kansas City automobile plant from almost last in the Ford Co. rankings up to one of their top spots. New Orleans, LA called in 1955 where he became V.P. & Director of Central Staff at Standard Fruit and Steamship Company. There, as marketer and producer of tropical fruit, he helped originate the first boxing of bananas in cardboard for less waste/bruising in transport. Two years later he moved the family to Richmond, VA where he became V.P. and General Manager of Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corp. 1961 marked Jim and Ann's final move to the State they love, Florida, and real estate development became the primary focus of his career with the Investment Corporation of Florida. Real estate activities covered the following in no particular order: "Plantation Acres"; "Eleuthera Island Shores" ;"Columbus Landings Ltd" on San Salvador Island, Bahamas; Boca Raton's "San Remo" condominium and bringing the Queen Elizabeth to dock in Ft. Lauderdale. "Wellington" in Palm Beach County was arguably the largest development of his career. Nall drew the original master plan for the 10,000 acres designed to house 65,000 people, including 'Fly in, Fly out' homes with their own individual airplane hangars, a preserved virgin Florida pine forest and what became the internationally famous Palm Beach Polo Club. Mr. Nall was a Director of Castle & Cooke Inc. Honolulu, Hawaii for 11 years. He was a Director of Barnett Bank of Ft. Lauderdale, the Ft. Lauderdale Children's Theatre and a president of the Florida chapter of Financial Executives Institute. From 1989 - 1993 he served the State of Florida on the Governing Board of The South Florida Water Management District.For several years Nall was the real estate consultant and commercial Broker for clients such as Ashland Oil, Inc., Castle & Cooke Inc., John D. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago and Radnor Division of Sun Oil Company. Tennis, skiing and golf were all great enthusiasms for Jim. Socially, he was a member of the Coral Ridge Country Club, The Tennis Club of Ft. Lauderdale, The Tower Club of Ft. Lauderdale and the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club of Wellington. Jim Nall thought, "The fastest and most certain way to obtain a dollar [was] to conserve the one in your hand." But it must be noted he was quite a philanthropist, quietly supporting many causes that were near to his heart. To all those who have been watching for this notice, the family sends apologies. But as Jim Nall would say, "Act on facts. If you don't have them, go get them." It took some time to gather the above, thank you for your patience.
Published in Miami Herald on Jan. 20, 2013