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Robert James, ACC Commissioner, Dead at 66

May 12, 1987 GMT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Robert C. James, Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner for the past 16 years, died Monday at the age of 66.

James died at Duke Medical Center after a brief illness, said ACC spokesman Skeeter Francis.

James took over as ACC commissioner on March 1, 1971, succeeding the late Jim Weaver, who served in the post for 17 years.

James’ athletic experience included four varsity letters in football, basketball and track while an undergraduate at the University of Maryland.

He also headed a 15-sport program at the Air Force Academy and served nearly seven years as commissioner of the Mid-American Conference.

In 1960, he accepted the position as civilian athletic director at the Air Force Academy. He left to become commissioner of the Mid-American Conference with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, in 1964, a position he held until joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Funeral plans were incomplete.