There remains just a few records of patrons that purchased Jim’s art work from Ruth White Gallery. One of those patrons was the renowned conservator Lawrence Majewski whose tenure at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center ran from 1960 to 1986. Beginning in 1966 he became Chairman.
He was one of Jim’s early patrons, loaning two works from his collection of Jim’s art to the James Gallery for Jim’s first show and he continued to purchase Jim’s work at future exhibitions.
Jim and Lawrence had a friendship that possibly could be traced to Yale University. After World War II Majewski attended Yale for art studies and completed his B.F.A. and M.F.A.
Two additional notable patrons were Marion Kellogg and Wiley Hitchcock.
Marion Kellogg was the first woman to be named a Vice President of General Electric. She was recognized as an international authority on management personnel processes, authored five books and lectured frequently. Kellog’s undergraduate degree was in physics and mathematics from Manhattanville College and her masters degree was in physics from Brown University.
Wiley Hitchcock was a notable American musicologist who founded the Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College, now known as the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music. He published nine books including Music in the United States: A Historical Introduction which is considered to be a standard reference book. He is best known for his co-editing of, along with Stanley Sadie, The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Hitchcock received a B.A. at Dartmouth and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.