J. James Nelligan, 70, retired executive vice president of Stone Industrial Division, J.L. Clark Manufacturing Co., of College Park, died Monday at the Collingswood, Md., Nursing Home after a stroke.

A native of Washington, Mr. Nelligan studied business at George Washington University and the Benjamin Franklin School of Accounting. In 1928, he [WORD ILLEGIBLE] with the Stone [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Corporation of Washington as a clerk in the traffic department.

In the next 44 years he rose to sales manager and general manager in the corporation's tube division and corporate vice president-general manager. In 1965, Mr. Nelligan was named executive vice president and general manager of the corporation, which was purchased by Clark Manufacturing in 1972.

Mr. Nelligan was a director, past president and honorary life member of the Composite Can and Tube Institute of Washington, a trade group.

He was also a lifetime member of the National Optimist Club and a past member of the Optimist Club of Washington.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia W., of the home in Rock Creek Hills, Md.; a son, J. Timonthy, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and a sister, Mary T. Flood of Silver Spring.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.