James R. Stansfield

Oct. 11, 1921 - April 11, 2015

James Randolph Stansfield, an artist, educator, and former resident of Amagansett, died on April 11 in Pompton Plains, N.J. He was 93 and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Born on Oct. 11, 1921, in West Brownsville, Pa., to Percival E. Stansfield and the former Caroline A. Iobst, he grew up in West Brownsville and Emmaus, Pa. He graduated from Oberlin College and earned a master’s in painting at Syracuse University and a doctorate in art education at Columbia University.

Mr. Stansfield taught art and was department chairman at Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High School, and beyond his teaching career, his paintings and ceramics have been exhibited in East Hampton, New York City, Allentown, Pa., Mystic, Conn., and Nantucket, Mass.

He retired from teaching in 1977 and lived in Amagansett until he moved to Cedar Crest Village, a nursing home in Pompton Plains, several years ago.

Mr. Stansfield once said that creative activities, such as painting and crafts, are more than ways of expression — they are “a means of learning more about one’s self. The very act of creation is an act of organizing and examining ideas, feelings, and attitudes. Art thus brings about necessary personal development in areas left untouched by other studies.”

He is survived by a great-nephew, James K. Stansfield of Emmaus, and many close friends. A brother, Kenneth A. Stansfield, and a nephew died before him. His ashes will be buried privately at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Waverly, Pa.