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James Barr Ames

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James Barr Ames, American lawyer, director. Bar: Massachusetts 1936. Decorated Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster; recipient J.F. Kennedy medal for service to American history Massachusetts History Society, 1995.


Ames, James Barr was born on April 20, 1911 in Wayland, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Richard and Dorothy (Abbott) Ames.


AB magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1932. Juris Doctor cum laude, Harvard University, 1936.


Associate Ropes & Gray, Boston, 1936-1941, partner, 1947-1983, of counsel, from 1983. Board directors Fiduciary Trust Company, Boston, 1954-1987, Air Asia Limited company, 1957-1974, Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company, 1962-1982, Keystone Custodian Funds, Inc., 1982-1983, Ivest, Inc., 1967-1973.


  • Bar: Massachusetts 1936.


President Hospital Planning for Greater Boston Inc., 1965-1971, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, 1953-1959, Boston Athenaeum, 1971-1983, Massachusetts History Society, 1975-1978. Honorary trustee Boston Athenaeum. Honorary trustee, past treasurer Museum Fine Arts.

Chairman Animal Rescue League Boston, 1958-1970, Greater Boston Charitable Trust, 1970-1973. Trustee Buckingham School, Cambridge, 1959-1962, Cambridge Savings Bank, 1955-1985. Lieutenant to colonel United States Air Force, 1942-1945.

Fellow American Bar Foundation, American College Trust and Estate Counsel (past state chairman). Member American Bar Association, American Law Institute, Boston Bar Association (past chairman probate committee), Cambridge Bar Association (past president), Somerset Club, Tavern Club, Phi Beta Kappa (past president Harvard chapter).


Married Mary Ogden Adams, June 14, 1941 (deceased 1967). Children: Elizabeth Bigelow (deceased), Richard, Charles Cabell. Married Suzannah Ayer Parker, October 10, 1969.

Richard Ames

Dorothy (Abbott) Ames

Mary Ogden Adams

Suzannah Ayer Parker

Elizabeth Bigelow Ames (deceased)

Richard Ames

Charles Cabell Ames