Bachelor of Fine Arts, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1951. Master of Fine Arts, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1953. Master of Arts in Art Education, San Francisco State College, 1954.
Commissioner Seattle Arts Commission. Member of Chinese History Society of America.
Married Karen Swensen, 1951 (divorced 1961). Children: Kim Franklin, Mai Ann Leong Cozzupoli. Married Dean Yee Leong, November 29, 1976.
1 child, James Chan Junior.