James Albert Culpepper

Male, #37116, (3 Sep 1942 - 23 Feb 2003)
Father*Jackson Marcellus Culpepper1 (17 Nov 1906 - 11 Apr 1990)
Mother*Varina Louise Bower1 (s 1910 - 1951)
Birth*3 Sep 1942 James was born on 3 Sep 1942.2 
Death of Mother1951 His mother Varina Louise Bower died in 1951 at Leon Co., Florida.3 
SSN*1961 His Social Security Number was issued in 1961 in Florida.2 
Death of Father11 Apr 1990 His father Jackson Marcellus Culpepper died on 11 Apr 1990 at Tallahassee, Leon Co., Florida.2,4 
Death*23 Feb 2003 He died at Tallahassee, Leon Co., Florida, on 23 Feb 2003 at age 60.2,5 
Biography* Jim was a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University Law School. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1969.

The following is an obituary published on the website of the College Terrace Resident's Association, a neighborhood organization which Jim had helped found:

On Sunday, August 30, 2003, a group of friends gathered in Mayfield Park to celebrate the life of Jim Culpepper and to plant three trees in his memory.

Jim has left an amazing legacy in our neighborhood. With his wife Kay, he helped create the College Terrace Residents' Association some 35 years ago. He fought for closing our streets and for incorporating permanent open space in the development on Peter Coutts Hill above College Terrace. He advocated on behalf of the renters in Palo Alto and encouraged others to take action to protect the quality of life in our neighborhood. Jim was always there for College Terrace and left it a far better place than it would otherwise have been.

Jim's interests extended far beyond Palo Alto. He was a skilled writer, and had a play performed in Cambridge before he came to Stanford for law school. He was also a passionate musician, and composed four symphonies as well as a number of shorter works. And he loved marine biology, helping his friend Jack Rudloe to expand his aquarium and biological supply business, Gulf Specimen, located in on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Jim's other "home".

Generosity came naturally to this Southern Gentleman as did his charming way of persuading folks to do things they might not otherwise have done. His wit infused the many emails he sent to friends over the years. A small sample is is available here. (See: http://www.ctra.org/VintageJim.pdf)

Our neighborhood owes a great deal to Jim Culpepper: the three saucer magnolias will remind us of the many gifts he has given us all over the years.6 

Family

Kay (?)
Child
ChartsOrphan / John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited25 Feb 2010

Citations

  1. Decatur County Historical Society, compiler, Decatur County, Georgia: Past & Present, 1823-1991, Roswell, GA: WH Wolfe Associates, 1991.
    Page 128.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. State of Florida Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Florida Death Index, 1936-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2004.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7338
    Varina Bower Culpepper, Leon Co., FL, Female, White, Vol 1491, Cert 23123, died 1951.
  4. State of Florida Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Florida Death Index, 1936-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2004.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7338
    Jackson M. Culpepper, Cert 43890, Leon Co., FL, White, 17 Nov 1906 - 11 Apr 1990.
  5. E-mail written 7 Feb 2010 to Warren Culpepper from Gerald Grow, e-mail address.
  6. Jim Culpepper obituary published at: http://www.ctra.org/JAC.html