James W. Valliant

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CENTREVILLE — James Wilmer Valliant of Cor­sica Neck, Centreville, Md., died peace­fully at home on July 3, 2017. He was 90 years old. Mr. Valliant was born on Aug. 24, 1926, to Ed­win Stephens Valliant and Genevieve Hall Valliant.

Known as Jimmy, Mr. Valliant grew up in Centreville as the youngest of seven. His fa­ther was the pres­i­dent of the fam­ily fer­til­izer com­pany, E.S. Valliant & Sons, and was a well­re­spected busi­ness man. Mr. Valliant grad­u­ated from the Centreville High School in 1943 and at­tended the Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute, where his ma­jor stud­ies were in chem­istry. He served in the Navy on the de­stroyer USS Vesole in the last days of the Pa­cific The­ater of World War II. Mr. Valliant com­pleted his col­lege ed­u­ca­tion at Dart­mouth Col­lege in 1949 with a bachelor’s de­gree in ge­og­ra­phy.

Mr. Valliant’s ca­reer in­cluded work­ing in the fam­ily fer­til­izer busi­ness and then teach­ing math and ge­og­ra­phy at the Gun­ston School. At Gun­ston, he was a nat­u­ral teacher of man­ners, arith­metic, al­ge­bra and trigonom­e­try, the breadth of the geo-po­lit­i­cal world, sail­ing and ca­noe­ing, and oc­ca­sion­ally, fox trots and waltzes.

Mr. Valliant was an orig­i­nal and life­long mem­ber of the Cor­sica River Yacht Club, and sailed a Hamp­ton, the Jim-Jon, in races on the Cor­sica and lo­cal re­gat­tas as a boy. He served as com­modore in 1966.

Al­ways an avid trav­eler, Mr. Valliant’s first of 29 trips to Europe was in the sum­mer of 1949 with his friend, the late Robert R. Price Jr. They toured Eng­land, France and Italy by bi­cy­cle and train. Clas­si­cal mu­sic and opera were also life­time pas­sions.

Mr. Valliant mar­ried Joann Wen­ner­berg of Win­netka, Ill., in 1958, and set­tled down in Centreville. Mov­ing to wood­land prop­erty on the Cor­sica River with his grow­ing fam­ily, he also be­came a pas­sion­ate gar­dener of hol­lies, aza­leas and rhodo­den­drons. As in all his in­ter­ests and re­la­tion­ships, he stud­ied, learned and cared for his sub­jects.

A life­time mem­ber of St. Paul’s Parish, Centreville, Mr. Valliant served on the vestry sev­eral times. He was also a mem­ber of the Queen Anne’s County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and was in­stru­men­tal in the move and restora­tion of Wright’s Chance. Mr. Valliant also was a long­time mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Rhodo­den­dron So­ci­ety.

Mr. Valliant is sur­vived by his wife, Joann; three chil­dren; and grand­chil­dren, Bruce J. Valliant and his wife, Mary Ellen, Mary Reed Valliant, John Valliant, Alexan­der G. Rogers, Philip G. Valliant, James H. Rogers, Mary Shea Valliant, Ben­jamin S. Valliant and Pa­trick Egan Valliant. He is pre­de­ceased by his sib­lings.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. on July 20 at St. Paul’s Parish, Centreville.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions should be made in Mr. Valliant’s mem­ory to The Gun­ston School, P.O. Box 200, Centreville, MD 21617, or to the Cor­sica River Foun­da­tion, P.O. Box 344, Centreville, MD 21617.

For on­line con­do­lences, please visit www.fh­n­fu­neral home.com.

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