James Kise, 75

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PORTLAND — James Kise, 75, died at his home in Freeport on Dec. 26.

He was born May 2, 1937, in Trenton, N.J., to Charles R. and Gladys Mae Kise.

Kise was a multiple-time graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and one of Philadelphia’s greatest advocates. He was a principal in the architectural and planning firm of Kise, Straw, and Kalodner and was a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for almost 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sallie Smith; his brother, Lee; his children, Jefferson, Curtis, Susanna and Triplett; and his grandchildren, Cassandra, Marguerite and Wesley.

Services will be held at the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, Pa., sometime early in the new year.

Donations in Kise’s memory may be made to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Development Department, P.O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101 or Historic Rittenhouse Town, 206 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19144.