Bachelor, San Jose State University, 1949. Master of Arts, San Jose State University, 1959.
Art teacher Corcoran (California) High School, 1950-1953, North High School, Bakersfield, California, 1953-1956, Los Altos (California.0 High School, 1956-1964. Assistant professor art Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California, 1964-1969. Art teacher Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, 1969-1971.
Instructor art University Hawaii/Leeward Community College, Leeward Oahu, 1972-1974. Artist professional studio, Kailua, 1969-1984, Taos, New Mexico, 1984-1992, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 1992-1993, LaConner, Washington, since 1996, Carrizozo, New Mexico. Board directors Contemporary Art Center, Honolulu, 1978-1980.
Lecturer to civic groups, 1964-1969. Sergeant United States Army, 1943-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member of Phi Delta Kappa, Theta Delta Phi.
Married Frances Joy Sarver, June 13, 1947. Children: James Willard Junior, Gretchen Lorraine Mack Beale.