In Memoriam, Summer 2019
James R. Huntley, who worked in the Ford Foundation’s international programs in the mid-1960s, died April 12 at his home in Sequim, Wash., at the age of 95.
Mr. Huntley was hired in 1965 as a program associate in International Affairs and was named a program officer in the International Relations office the following year.
He resigned from the Foundation in 1967.
His life-long career in international affairs began after he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in 1946 and went to work for the United States foreign service in postwar Germany, where he helped in the country’s reconstruction and development of democratic institutions.
“Simply put,” he had said, “democracies very rarely make war on each other. If you want to create peace, then create more democracies.”
He pursued that vision after earning a master’s degree in international relations from Harvard University, initially with the United States Information Agency in Belgium. He then conceived and began the Atlantic Institute in Italy and France, was secretary general of the Atlantic Colleges in England, was a research fellow at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Seattle and headed the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C.
He also was the leader of discussion groups organized by the Mid-Atlantic Council in several cities, co-founded and advised the Council for a Community of Democracies and wrote several books on NATO, the European Union and unity among democracies.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Colleen Grounds Huntley; two sons and a daughter; 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.