James L. Stoltzfus, of Moab, Utah and Coronado, Calif., died at his home in Coronado on Aug. 1, 2010 at the age of 84. He was predeceased by his parents, Ethel Marian Leck and William Alfred Stoltzfus, and by his son, Robert Lefler Stoltzfus.
Mr. Stoltzfus was born on July 29, 1926 in Beirut, Lebanon, where his father founded what is now Lebanese American University. At age 13, prior to the onset of World War II, he returned to the United States to attend Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He later received degrees from Princeton University (Class of 1947) and the Graduate Business School of Harvard University (Class of 1953).
He achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Army, serving in several capacities, including occupational duty in Italy following World War II and as an officer in the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War.
His business career spanned 35 years, and included management positions at the Harvard Business Review, R.H. Donnelly Corporation, and the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. He finished his career at Funk & Wagnalls Corporation, where he served as president and later acquired the company.
Mr. Stoltzfus served as a member of the board of directors of Outward Bound International and was a member of the New York City Athletic Club, New York Road Runners Club, Coronado Yacht Club, Moab Rotary Club, and the Cozumel Country Club in Cozumel, Mexico. He was also a member of the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church of Coronado and attended the Community Church of Moab.
During his later years, numerous philanthropic interests and activities provided him with an enormous source of personal happiness and gratification.
He is survived by his wife, Floyd Humphreys; two daughters, Lisette Stoltzfus Edmond and Mariana Stoltzfus Paen; two sons, James Leck Stoltzfus, Jr. and John Jennings Stoltzfus; and four stepchildren, Lawrence H. Whiting, Alison Stock, Ashley Mahaffey, and Donna Marrufo. He is also survived by his brother, William Stoltzfus, and sister, Lorna Wells, 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
He was adored by his family, who loved him devotedly.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Coronado. A memorial service will be held in Moab, Utah at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moab Valley Multi-Cultural Center, P.O. Box 55, Moab, Utah 84532, or Scripps Health Foundation, Robert Russo M.D. Heart Research,10666 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037.