James Philander Blunt ’31 died on December 1, 2004, in Moodus, Connecticut.
Born on August 26, 1909, in Skowhegan, he prepared for college at Skowhegan High School and became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1931 he joined the Monarch Life Insurance Company in Springfield, MA, where he was employed for 15 years. In 1946, he and John DeMeyer ’32 established a publishing house in Springfield and started the Family Book Club of America. In 1948, he joined the Happy Hill Country Day School in Monson, MA. He later became a senior service representative with the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York. Following his early retirement in 1965, he lived in Pireaus, Greece, for three years, and traveled extensively. He was a member of the University Club in Springfield where he was also active with the American Red Cross. He had served as president of the Springfield Civic Theater in 1945 and 1946, and he served for two years as president of the Springfield Playhouse, which he had founded with his wife, Betty; he later performed in theatrical productions with Players II in Old Lyme, CT. In Bowdoin affairs, he served as both secretary and president of the Bowdoin Club of Western Massachusetts and was chair of 1931’s Fiftieth Reunion Committee. He was married in 1933 to Betty Bacon, who predeceased him, and is survived by two daughters, Emily V. Nelson of Turners Falls, MA, and Susan Alexander of Cleveland, OH; a sister, Phoebe Korz of Sterling, VA; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.