Storer Broadcasting Executive and Philanthropist, James P. Storer, Dies

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James P. Storer, a broadcasting executive and philanthropist who helped shape the radio industry and supported local education in theater, music and history, has died on February 21, 2012.

James P. Storer '49 H'85, a broadcasting executive and philanthropist who decisively shaped opportunities at Kenyon College in areas ranging from theater and music to history and financial aid, died on February 21, 2012, at the age of eighty-five. A resident of Gates Mills, Ohio, he died at Hillcrest Hospital in Cleveland, of complications relating to pneumonia and an infection.

James attended Harvard Law School before joining the family business, Storer Broadcasting, one of the largest US radio and television broadcasting companies of the time. He focused his career on radio, working in various executive capacities in Miami, Florida; New York City; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Cleveland, Ohio. He ran WJW radio for several years and then became the head of the radio division for the company. He retired from the Storer Broadcasting Company as vice-president in 1975, and as director in 1981.

James was blinded at the age of six, but led a very active life. He played jazz piano, golf, studied history at many universities, and traveled extensively.

As a member of the George B. Storer Foundation Board of Directors, James focused on many philanthropic areas including support for services that help the blind and making generous gifts to Kenyon College and other local education institutions. James served as a trustee to many organizations including the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Blossom Music Center, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the American Foundation for the Blind. Other causes included the Cleveland Sight Center, Case Western Reserve University, and Lakeland Community College, near Cleveland.

Conservation was a particular interest, and Storer chaired Grand River Partners, an organization dedicated to protecting land in the Grand River Watershed in northeastern Ohio. He maintained a nature preserve on a 118-acre estate, called Walden II, in the area.

Storer is survived by his wife of twenty-five years, Delores "DeDe" Storer, as well as by a brother, Robert Storer, of Palm City, Florida. He was predeceased by two brothers, Peter Storer and George Storer Jr.

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