James A. Babson (1954-2022)

James A. Babson

Born June 22, 1954

Died April 02, 2022


Massachusetts Peace Action honors the life of Jamie Babson, our board member and friend, who died on April 2 at the age of 67.

James Adams Babson (Jaime) of South Hadley, MA was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Wellesley, MA. He attended Hampshire College after matriculation from the Dexter Schools and Deerfield Academy. Over the years, Jaime was an avid traveler – adventuring throughout North America most of the Spanish-speaking southern hemisphere, Asia, Europe, and North Africa. He developed a special affinity for Sri Lanka and India.

Jaime’s heart was in philanthropy, where he was a trustee of the Paul & Edith Babson Foundation and the Susan A. & Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation. He was a founding member of the Threshold Foundation. And, as an early adopter of socially responsible investing, he was an integral member of Green America and the Investor’s Circle. Deeply involved with investment research and peace activism. He was a member of MAPA’s board for many years, along with serving on the board of the Veterans Education Project.

He is survived by his beloved wife Senani Wijeyewardena; his son Maithri Babson; his sisters Averill Babson (Gregory Sohns) and Deborah Babson; his brother Richard Babson; and his three nieces, Olivia Sohns (Youssef Medhous), Antonia Sohns (Andrew Tanabe) along with their sons Henry and Theodore, and Juliet Zainaldin (Carl Zainaldin) along with their son Arthur.

In addition to his work with Massachusetts Peace Action he was activie with the New England Peace Pagoda and veterans projects.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, from Noon to 3PM at Forastiere Family Funeral and Cremation, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. It can also be viewed online. Go to https://www.forastiere.com/tributes/James-Babson to view the event and to post memories and condolences.

Contributions in his name can be made to the institution or charity that best represents your affiliation with Jaime.