James Neil Sites

  • Født: 20. mars 1924
  • Død: 10. oktober 2015

Life Legacy and Testimonial

To the end, Jim’s attachment to his beloved wife, the late Inger Krogh Sites, was so steady, so devoted and so unflinching, that any eulogy to his life must include hers as well. This memorial page attempts to convey this in words and in pictures. (See “galleri” in the menu.) Inger passed away in her sleep on September 14, 2014, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Jim, after moving back to Norway with his son, Erik, passed away peacefully on October 10, 2015, at Diakonhjemmet Hospital. A summary of Inger’s life can be accessed at the funeral home website in Lewes, Delaware. (See "lenker" in the menu.)
Jim (James Neil Sites) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 20, 1924, but left at age ten because of the Great Depression, growing up thereafter in a Tom Sawyer-like environment along the Ohio River. This experience forms the background for his 1998 book on traditional American values AMERICA: The Search and the Secret. (See “galleri” for a photo of the book jacket.) He graduated from Chesapeake (Ohio) High School in 1940, then attended Marshall University for one year. He went on to serve three and half years in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II, mainly in the North Atlantic and in the Mediterranean, leaving the Service in 1946 as an officer and ship engineer. He is a Journalism graduate of Detroit's Wayne State University (1950).
Jim’s varied career ranged from news reporting to being editor-in-chief and publisher of The American Legion Magazine (a national publication representing the American Legion, an organization comprised of wartime veterans). In 1961, he was named the USA's Eisenhower Exchange Fellow, which led to a year-long overseas study with wife Inger of railroads and government transportation problems, as reported in his 1963 book, Quest for Crisis.
Jim subsequently became communications executive for the Association of American Railroads, the Chemical Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers. From 1968 to 1974 he headed the Washington office of the leading public relations consulting firm, Carl Byoir & Associates. During the Gerald Ford Administration, Jim was appointed Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Treasury Department and special assistant to Secretary William E. Simon.
In 2006, Jim published an autobiographical book INGER! A Modern-Day Viking Discovers America about his long career in journalism, business and in government, as seen through the eyes of his wife (and the book’s heroine). Inger was born Inger Marie Krogh in Oslo and grew up in the city's Majorstuen area. She was the daughter of the noted Norwegian opera singer, Erling Krogh, and his Danish wife, Astrid Philip. After the war, Inger was one of the first Norwegian exchange students to travel to America on college scholarships. Yet, on that fateful trip across The Atlantic, Inger's ship ran aground off Scotland. Jim's merchant vessel picked her and the other Norwegian exchange students up. So began a relationship -- a love story -- that lasted nearly 68 years.
In 2014, just weeks after Inger passed away, Jim published his final novel – a collection of three short stories – entitled Three Inspiring Images of Our Lives, Our World, Our Times. (See “galleri” for photos of both book jackets.)
Jim and Inger have two sons, James and Erik, and five grandchildren: Philip, Teresa, Walter, Erika and Abigail.  

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