James Beresford Warren Sr.

James Beresford Warren, Sr.

James Beresford Warren, Sr. died March 5, 2013. He was born December 17, 1921 in Seattle, Washington to Captain Charles Beresford Warren and Loletta Coutts Warren. He graduated from Garfield High School, where he played football, the University of Washington, and the Graduate School of Business, University of California, Los Angeles. He was a veteran of World War II, spending three years with the U.S. Coast Guard undertaking convoy duty in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Upon leaving the service, he spent some years in northwest industry. After which, he completed his degree at the University of Washington, was on the Dean's List, and became a teaching assistant. He then went on to UCLA Graduate School where he became assistant to the Dean and achieved the position of top of his class. He was invited into Beta Gamma Sigma, a national scholastic honorary fraternity.

Subsequently he was invited and accepted a post at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, B.C. During his tenure at the university he was very active in industrial associations and became a director of several and consultant to many. He was President of the Northwest Business Administration Conference, a past Director of St. Georges School, Vancouver B.C., past Director and honorary life member, Sales and Marketing Executives, Vancouver B.C., past director, University of Washington Alumni Association, and honorary lecturer, Banff School of Advanced Management. He authored a number of articles on the pulp and paper industry and northwest lumber industry. His academic career spanned more than 30 years.

While at UBC he developed a highly successful three year diploma program for executives in British Columbia. That program, now approximately 50 years old, is still flourishing and plays a prominent role in the relationship between Sales and Marketing Executives and the University of British Columbia.

He is survived by his sons Bruce Warren of Bothell, Charles and James Warren, of Seattle, and Jan Warren Decker, of Magnolia, Texas, along with three grandchildren.

He was an honorary member of the Seattle Tennis Club, a membership spanning 80 years (1933) and a longtime member of the UBC Faculty Club. He was also a lifelong avid sailor, dating back to a charter membership in the Seattle Flattie Association and a former member of the Seattle Yacht Club. A private burial is planned in Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle. Any remembrances should be provided to the Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle.

Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2013