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Jacobson, James Bassett, 1922-



  • Existence: 1922-

biographical statement

James Bassett Jacobson (born 1922) is an insurance industry executive in California.

Born in 1922, James Jacobson grew up in Los Angeles, California. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and, upon returning, earned his MBA and began a thirty-five year career with The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Serving in various regional and national executive positions, Jacobson retired in 1983 and continued his business career as a private consultant, president and CEO of a large insurance company, chairman of the board of directors of Bonneville International, and as a member of two dozen other corporate boards. Jacobson also actively served in various positions within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was active in local civic and cultural groups. He and his wife Janice, who passed away in 2001, had three children. He later married Lesley Evans in 2004.

Who's who in America website, 2010 (James Bassett Jacobson; b. Nov. 16, 1922 in San Francisco, Calif.; MBA from the University of Southern California in 1954; m. Aug. 29, 1949 to Janice Isabel Meilstrup, children: Steven Blair, Karen Christine, Richard Barlow; m. Apr. 12, 2004 to Lesley Evans; career with Prudential Insurance Company of America, various cities, 1948-83; exec. v.p. CalFed Inc. and California Federal Savings & Loan Association, 1983-87; chairman, chief exec. officer Beneficial Standard Life Insurance Company, 1987-88, chmn. bd. dirs., 1984-88; ret., 1988; on board of directors of Galorath, Inc., El Segundo, Calif.; chairman of the board of directors for Bonneville International Corp., Salt Lake City, 1996-2009; on board of directors for various other companies and civic groups)

Bonneville International website, Aug. 11, 2011 (James B. Jacobson; Jim Jacobson), Aug. 11, 2011 (James B. Jacobson; enlisted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 1, 1943)

UPB files, Aug. 11, 2011 (member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

James Bassett Jacobson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2640
Scope and Contents

Contains papers covering Jacobson's youth, military experience, college education, careers with Prudential Insurance Company of America and Cal Fed, Inc., service on numerous boards of directors, travel, family life, church service, and personal reflections. Some of the papers are an edited transcript of an oral history interview that was recorded onto tape cassettes.

Dates: approximately 1922-2003