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Byron Clark
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Bruce Kaemmerlen
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Helen Sotiriou
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Donald Myers
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Marcia O'Hara
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James Weidman
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Leonard Powell
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Obituary for James Francis Weidman

James Francis  Weidman
Weidman, James F. “Jim”, passed away on November 1, 2019. Born in Mount Carroll, Illinois, to Francis and Marjorie Weidman, Jim graduated from Carleton College in 1961 and received an MBA from Indiana University in 1963.
After stints working at Ford Motor Co. and acting as the sole proprietor of his own travel agency, Jim settled with his family in Huntington, West Virginia, as an assistant professor of marketing at Marshall University, where he set up their first international studies program for the business school and spent a semester in London with 25 students.
In 1977, he combined his love of the arts with his business experience when he was appointed Development Officer for the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia, where he created the development department, launched the museum’s first-ever capital campaign, implemented its first annual campaign, and eventually assumed the additional responsibilities of Deputy Director. Jim believed passionately in the arts and its ability to provide a platform for the world to communicate and get along together. He wanted to help make sure the educational aspects of the arts were distributed to as many children and adults as possible.
In 1984, Jim became the Director of Development for the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio and began his involvement with the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, now AFP, serving the Central Ohio Chapter as Program Chair, Chair of National Philanthropy Day, Conference Chair, President and Member of the National Board. At the museum, Jim completed its first-ever capital campaign—to the tune of $12 million, doubled both the membership and the annual campaigns and during the last year of his tenure added the role of Acting Director.
In 1995, Jim was named the Director of Development of the Saint Louis Art Museum, where he established a cohesive development department, worked with a growing number of fundraising volunteers that led to the Friends Board’s first million-dollar Gala, significant growth of the Young Friends, and the doubling of museum from 12,000 to 23,000 households.
In 2002, after 25 years of heading development departments, Jim accepted the opportunity to become the President of the Arts and Education Council, where he not only raised and granted money to nearly 100 arts organizations per year but also spearheaded the renovation of a historic building in the Grand Center Arts District, a portion of which now bears his name. Jim retired from the Council in 2008, the first of many retirements. Jim could not envision himself not acting as a consultant in some capacity, or working where he was needed. In the years following his retirement, he filled interim positions at the Eden Theological Seminary, St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation, Jazz St. Louis, and the Missouri Humanities Council, and Craft Alliance. He also served on the boards of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, Kirkwood Arts Commission, Kirkwood Arts Foundation and the Historic Kirkwood Train Station Foundation.
Jim served with the St. Louis Regional Chapter of AFP as Program Chair, President-Elect, President, Chair of the Nominating Committee and representative to the National AFP Delegate Assembly. Jim was also involved in the Charity Review Advisory Committee of the Better Business Bureau; the Arts, Business and Cultural Committee of the RCGA; the Gateway to Giving Steering Committee; the Social Venture Partners Program of the Regional Business Council; the Nonprofit Services Consortium; and as Adjunct Professor in Arts Management and Leadership Program at Webster University.
Jim was a passionate gardener, serving as vice president of membership of the American Hosta Society. He also enjoyed birding, travel, hiking, and biking. One of his proudest accomplishments was performing the role of Ko-Ko in The Mikado.
Jim is survived by Phyllis, his beloved wife of 51 years, and by son Chris (Vanessa) and grandchildren Nicholas and Avery, of Houston, Texas, and by daughter Katherine Verrill (Nathan) and grandchildren Emma, Lily and Phoebe Verrill, of Kirkwood, Missouri. He will also be missed by brother Jack (Marilynn) Weidman, sister-in-law Patience (Bruce) Gall.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., in Kirkwood, MO, on November 24, 2019, from 1pm to 3pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of donor’s choice. www.boppchapel.com
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