|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1931|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 2008|
New York, USA
James Langley Van Alen was born to James H Van Alen and his wife Eleanor Langley in New York City, where he grew up. He wintered with his parents at his grandparent's Newport estate, Wakehurst. His grandmother, Daisy, was stern with him and required him to be informed on world issues and to be able to defend his opinions. The Van Alen also spent time at their Long Island estate, Penny Pond.
James and Eleanor divorced when Jay was 17. James let Eleanor have them in the divorce settlement, along with $1 million in "divorce funds". The reason for the divorce was not only were the Van Alens unhappy, James had met someone else, Candy Alig, who was recently divorced. He lived with his mother, and his younger brother, at his mother's rented cottage in Newport.
He graduated from Yale University, Class of 1955 and Harvard Business School in 1960.
He served in the United States Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant.
He married Maris McLeod and they lived comfortably at his estate in Millbrook New York. He was very athletic and loved to be outdoors.
He and Maris were frequent guests at Avalon, James and Candy's large mansion in Newport. They also visited Penny Pond often.
He an Maris had two children, James and Elizabeth. They grew up in Millbrook and also spent time in Middletown RI.
Toward the end of his life, Jay was helping Eleanor Dwight, an author, write a book about his father called "Tiebreaker, James Van Alen and Tennis In The 20th Century", he died in 2008, before the book was completed. He and Maris were married for 42 years, one year less than how long his father and step mother were married.
Jimmy Van Alen (1902 - 1991)
Eleanor Ruth Langley Van Allen (1905 - 1983)
Maris Alice MacLeod Van Alen (1939 - 2014)*
Berkeley Memorial Cemetery
Rhode Island, USA
Maintained by: Jeff Pincin Sr.
Originally Created by: John Astor
Record added: Nov 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101208387