Jim Ringwood, chairman emeritus of IRMA, has died of cancer onNovember 21, 2002.
Ringwood served continuously on the International Recording MediaAssociation Board of Directors since he was first elected in 1981representing the membership of Maxell Corp. of America. He was electedVP of IRMA in 1992, president in 1995, acting Chairman of the Board in1996 and Chairman of the Board in 1997. He served on numerouscommittees in the association and was a strong advocate for enhancingthe value of the trade association to the industry. He was also alongtime member and past president of the Vision Fund.
"Jim will always be remembered as a very kind and understandinggentleman, with a cheery attitude toward everyone and everything," saidCharles Van Horn, IRMA president. "He was the consummate people person:genuinely interested in others and always willing to offer help. It wasthis generosity and empathy, both in spirit and in deeds, that willalways set him apart. Jim's dedication to the industry and hisgood-natured spirit will be greatly missed.Our thoughts and prayers arewith the Ringwood family."
Ringwood leaves behind his wife Maureen, son James III, daughterKimberly Williams, son-in-law Jeffrey Williams, and grandchildrenMatthew, Joseph and Patrick James Williams.
Because one of Jim's grandchildren has rheumatoid arthritis, thefamily has requested that those who wish may make donations in Jim'sname do so to: The James J. Ringwood Jr. Juvenile RheumatoidArthritis Foundation Inc., c/o McCarthy, Fingar et al., 11 MartineAve., White Plains, N.Y. 10606, Attention: John R. Parker, Esq.