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James Arthur Alcott born Stillwater OK October 24, 1930 to Arthur Bernard Alcott and Dorothy Hopkins Alcott
Upon graduation from Oklahoma A&M in 1952 James married Marilynn Hill and shipped off to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant in Korea.

After receiving an MBA from Stanford Business School in 1956 James went to work at Republic National Bank Dallas TX (1956-1958) and then to Midwest Research Institute (1958-1969) in KCMO where he served as an elder of 2nd Presbyterian Church. He left MRI as Vice-President to take the same position at Heald, Hobson Associates NY, NY. While residing in Pelham, NY James successfully impersonated an ornithologist on the popular game show 'What's My Line' fooling panelists Kitty Carlise and Dorothy Kilgallen.

In 1975 James began his long association with Cowles Media first as President of Harper's Magazine (1975-1980) where he received the National Magazine Award in 1977 then at the Star and Tribune as Vice-President for Planning which culminated in his writing a history of Cowles Media. While residing in the Twin Cities he was instrumental in the establishment of Minnesota Center for the Book Arts and served as the first Board President.


James died Friday September 9 in Plymouth IN of complications from prostate cancer.
He is survived by his sister Barbara Anne Alcott Corley, sons David, Thomas and John Tobin, daughter Annie, 8 grandchildren and his dear Anne Ogilvie Duff. A memorial service will be held at Minnesota Center for the Book Arts in Minneapolis on October 15th at 10am.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to
The James and Marilynn Alcott Library
MCBA 1011 S Washington Ave MPLS, MN 55415
Or
The UCSF Foundation
Genitourinary and Prostate Cancer Research Fund in Memory of James Alcott in the subject line.
UCSF Foundation
P.O Bos 45339
San Francisco, CA 94145-0339
Published on September 21, 2016
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