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James Ramsey Bancroft, American lawyer. Bar: California 1950; Certified Public Accountant, California.


Bancroft, James Ramsey was born on November 13, 1919 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Charles Ramsey and Maude (Viersen) Bancroft.


Bachelor of Arts California, Berkeley, 1940. Master of Business Administration, University California, Berkeley, 1941. Juris Doctor, Hastings College Law, 1949.


With McLaren, Goode, West & Company, Certified Public Accountants, San Francisco, 1946-1950. Partner Bancroft, Avery & McAlister, 1950-1986, of counsel, 1986-1992. President Madison Properties, Inc., 1967-1998, Adams Properties, Inc., 1969-1979, Adams-Western Inc., 1969-1978.

Chairman board United Nuclear Corporation, Falls Church, Virginia, 1972-1982, University of North Carolina Resources, 1978-1982, director, 1984-1985. Chairman board Madison Capital Inc., San Francisco, 1986-1993, Adams Capital Management Company, 1987-1988, president, 1988—2004. Managing partner Bancroft Investments, San Francisco, since 1980.

Owner, manager Bancroft Vineyard, since 1982. Of counsel Bancroft & McAlister, San Francisco, 1986—1999. Director, chairman executive committee Brown & Haley, Tacoma, since 1999.


  • Bar: California 1950. Certified Public Accountant, California.


Former president Suisun Conservation Fund. Former director Suisun Resource Conservation District. Former trustee Dean Witter Foundation, 1952-1994.

President Harvey L. Sorensen Foundation. Board directors California Urology Foundation. Former director San Francisco Foundation for Research and Education Orthopaedics Surgery.

Trustee, former chairman Pacific Vascular Research Foundation Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member American Bar Association, Bohemian Club, Pacific Union Club, Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Jane Marguerite Oberfell, May 28, 1944.

Charles Ramsey Bancroft

Maude (Viersen) Bancroft

Jane Marguerite Oberfell