Jim Van Horn, 66, died Sunday, Dec. 19, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, NJ.
Born in Appleton, WI, he graduated from The University of Wisconsin, Madison, with an honors degree in Journalism. After eight years as a writer for Allis-Chalmers in Milwaukee, the family moved to East Windsor, NJ, where Jim became managing editor of Construction Equipment Magazine in New York City. He went on to work for Merck and Research-Cotrell in public relations, finally becoming president of the public relations firm Wathen Associates in Alexandria, VA. While in this role, Jim worked as a long-time correspondent for Construction Equipment Guide, covering New Jersey, New York City, Long Island and southeastern Pennsylvania.
Jim was a great lover of all music, from Wagner to Dylan, from Jelly Roll Morton to Springsteen. He delighted in trying his hand at cooking unusual dishes. Curries and jambalaya were family favorites. But above all else, he valued time with his family.
Jim is survived by his wife of 42 years, Barbara, his son Douglas and girlfriend Rebekah Fisk of New York, his son Christopher and wife Jayme of Boston, his son Gregory and wife Rebecca and grandson, Finnegan of Los Angeles, and his sister, Margaret Clark of Lafayette, CA, niece Anne Clark, nephew C. Cooper Clark and wife Christie, and great nephew Aidan.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, Dec. 23 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Nassau Presbyterian Church or Camp Fire USA, Programs for the Prevention of Child Abuse, 535 East Franklin Street, Trenton, NJ 08610.
Arrangements were under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.