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James Lewis Haseltine ’50

A picture of James Haseltine and Maury Wilson Haseltine

Maury Wilson Haseltine ’46 and Jim Haseltine ’50 at an art opening in the 1970s

James Lewis Haseltine ’50, June 12, 2013, in Bandon, Oregon. Following graduation from Grant High School in Portland, Jim entered World War II as an infantryman with the U.S. Army in Europe. He then studied at Reed for more than a year and also studied at the Museum Art School (Pacific Northwest College of Art), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Brooklyn Museum School. He did painting and drawing and worked for his family’s industrial supply firm, J.E. Haseltine & Company. Jim became a trustee of the Portland Art Museum and a founding member of the Portland Arts Commission. He served on the National Endowment for the Arts and as national director of the Artists Equity Association. In the early ’60s, he was the director of the Salt Lake City Center for the Arts, during which time he published the book 100 Years of Utah Painting. In 1967, he returned to the Pacific Northwest as executive director of the Washington State Arts Commission. Jim’s art appeared in exhibitions around the U.S. and received numerous awards. His paintings and etchings are part of the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum, the Oakland Art Museum, and the Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. Jim had two children during his first marriage. He later married artist Margaret A. (Maury) Wilson Janney ’46, adopted Maury’s children, and welcomed a fifth child. Jim and Maury were married for 44 years. They traveled around the world, and Jim built on his knowledge of birds, butterflies, and mushrooms through discoveries made on their journeys. In retirement, he served as a consultant for the arts and for artists and supported his daughter’s nonprofit endeavor, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea. Survivors include his children, four grandchildren, and his brother and sister. Maury died in 1998.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2013

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