|James Cornellius Van Story Jr.
Van Story Co. in Chevy Chase, died March 14, 2005 at the Capital Hospice in Arlington.
He had a stroke a week before his death.
Mr. Van Story, a Washington resident, spent his early career with J.D. Marsh and
Associates, the Gordon Abrams estate planning firm and Provident Life and Accident
Insurance Co. He began his own firm in the 1960s and retired in 2001.
He was born in Goldsboro, N.C., and raised in Washington, where he was a graduate of
Western High School (1942). He was a history graduate of George Washington
University, where he also received a master's degree in geography. He was active in the
Kappa Alpha social fraternity, founded a cheerleading group and later was president of
the general alumni association.
He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
He was a former president of the Washington, D.C., Estate Planning Council. His
memberships included the University Club and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in
Washington, where he was instrumental in the development and building of the
columbarium to house cremated remains.
He was a former board member of Washington National Cathedral. He was long active in
school affairs and made an unsuccessful bid for the D.C. school board in 1969.
His first wife, Mary Alicia Calvo Tisha Van Story, whom he married in 1950, died in 1979.
A son from that marriage, James C. Van Story III, died in 1993.
His marriage to Marilyn Seely Van Story ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Peter Van Story of Dublin and Sally
Pratt of Annandale; and four grandchildren.