James Storer, professor, fisheries specialist

November 9, 2012

James Storer, 90, a former faculty member at Bowdoin College in Maine and a retired specialist on fisheries for federal agencies in Washington, died Oct. 27 at the Hermitage of Northern Virginia in Alexandria, where he had lived for about the past three years.

He had dementia, his son Joel Storer said.

Dr. Storer served on the Bowdoin faculty from 1948 to 1969. He was a professor of economics and then dean of the faculty.

He then worked in Italy as a specialist in fishery economics for the United Nations before coming to Washington in 1973 as assistant associate administrator of fisheries affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

At the State Department from 1978 to 1984, he was director of fisheries affairs at the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

From 1984 until he retired in 1986, Dr. Storer was on leave from the State Department and assigned to the Rockefeller Foundation to assist at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management.

James Allen Storer was a native of Watertown, N.Y., and a 1943 graduate of Columbia University. He received a master’s degree in economics from Harvard University in 1948 and a doctorate in economics at Harvard in 1955. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

In retirement, Dr. Storer lived in Brunswick, Maine, until moving to Arlington in 2004. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Arlington.

His avocations included making marionettes and producing marionette shows.

His wife of 48 years, Marjorie Smith Storer, died in 1999. Their son Taylor Storer died in 1985.

Survivors include a son, Joel Storer of Arlington; and three grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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