1944 - 1989

I have had a lot of loss in my life but very few things affected me like the loss of my brother Jim to AIDS. He was four years younger than I and I loved him dearly. Not only was he wonderfully sweet and handsome, he was extremely talented. When he started out in New York, with only a Yale degree and a partner named Ed Hambredcht, we all wished him luck. It was beyond all of our wildest dreams that he would or could achieve what he did. This is exemplified by his presence in the Hall of Fame for Interior Designers below. At the time of his death the two man company had expanded to 315 with locations in London, Los Angelos and Manhattan. As so many told me at his memorial service, "Nancy, Jim was brilliant and it was always a joy to work with him."

I nursed him through his AIDS illness and must admit that it was one of the most difficult times of my life. But it did teach me that life is short and that it is best if we make the most of the time that we have here. I wish so much that he was alive, to enjoy the Caribbean with me. We used to take wonderful trips together and I do so miss his company.

When he died he was living in the very famous Dakota on West 72 Street right underneath Yoko Ono. It was the one dwelling that he had always desired - see the picture below.


The Dakota - One West 72nd Street at Central Park West - Jim's last home


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