James Morris Earle II, 88, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a corporate executive who had managed the 1964 U.S. Olympic ice skating team, died July 10 at Ocean Medical Center in Bricktown, N.J.
Mr. Earle, who lived in Mantoloking, N.J., had been president of his family’s firm, Earle Gear and Machinery Corp., in Germantown until the business was sold in the 1960s. Earlier he had been vice president of customer service at Philco Electronics.
A champion ice dancer at the Wissahickon Skating Club in Chestnut Hill, he managed the U.S. skating team in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1964, the year that Peggy Fleming won an Olympic gold medal.
Mr. Earle, a longtime Chestnut Hill resident, moved to Mantoloking and for a time operated the Bay Head Cheese Shop with his wife, the late Barbara Ellen Fisher. When the business was sold, the couple moved to Wilkes Barre, where Mr. Earle worked as a manufacturer’s representative. Returning to Mantoloking, he was a partner in a real estate agency that eventually was sold.
The couple’s last business venture, Cartographers Ltd., a travel map and brochure company in St. Thomas, V.I., became the world’s largest map publisher, producing more than 4 million maps.
Mr. Earle was a graduate of The Episcopal School, Cornell’s Midshipman School and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned letters in wrestling and football. He served in the Navy during World War II as a navigator aboard the USS Sibley and took part in the battle of Iwo Jima.
An avid sailor, he won many sailing championships and regattas and enjoyed sailing with his family and friends.
He is survived by daughters Ellen Fisher Earle, Elizabeth Miller and Frances Newbold; sons Samuel Morris Earle, Murray Earle and James Morris Earle III; nine grandchildren, and his first wife, the former Carol Helms. – WF
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