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James Francis Villeré


James Francis Villeré Jr., 74, died on Aug. 28 at home in Solebury, Pa., after two years of cancer treatment.

Born in New Orleans, La., and raised in California and New Jersey, he attended the Delbarton School, St. John’s College Annapolis, and Seton Hall University School of Law. He made a career in law and stewarded the continuity of intellectual communities he valued so highly.

Born to James F. Villeré Sr. and Lucienne Faget, he was the older brother to Suzanne Ellis and John Villeré; father to Medea, Sean, and Mariel; grandfather to Marisa and Levi; husband to Greta Adams Villeré; and friend to many. He will be remembered for his broad and deep knowledge, quick wit, warmth, love of music, film, and literature, and steadfast commitment to his family and to social justice. May this profound loss inspire others to live with authenticity and purpose.

Donations in his honor can be made to St. John’s College ( and Justice Catalyst Fellowships (checks payable to: Catalyst Research and Education Fund, Inc. 937 Belmont Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902).