Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC

5130 Wisconsin Ave Nw, Washington, DC


James Hubert Skiles III

April 8, 1944August 2, 2019

OBITUARY—JAMES H. SKILES III Jim Skiles, age 75, passed away suddenly at his home in Washington, DC on August 2, 2019. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. James H. Skiles Jr. and Virginia Adams Skiles. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he received a JD degree from Georgetown University Law School and was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Jim worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, focusing on school desegregation. Jim then spent over 15 years working both as a trial attorney and manager at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Jim’s remarkable memory, knowledge of the law, and skill as a trial lawyer were recognized by his colleagues and industry opponents alike. In 1988, he left the government to become Associate General Counsel for the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (now the Personal Care Products Council). In 1996, Jim was selected to become the General Counsel of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a position he held until his retirement in 2013. Jim’s work at both associations often involved representing the industry before the Food and Drug Administration and numerous state regulatory agencies. Jim and his wife of 42 years, Lynne H. Church, enjoyed traveling, music, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with their beagles, and summers on Mount Desert Island, Maine. Survivors include his wife, his sister Margaret Skiles Zelljadt, two nieces, Katherine Zelljadt and Elisabeth Zelljadt, and their families.

A memorial gathering will be held at 11:00 on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Joseph Gawler’s Sons, 5130 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. Those wishing to make commemorative contributions in lieu of flowers may send them to the Dartmouth College Fund, Dartmouth College, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755.


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4 October

Memorial Gathering

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


James Hubert Skiles III

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Catherine Skiles

August 20, 2019

I’m sorry to hear about our cousin, Jim. Jim ‘s father , Uncle Jay was my Dad’s brother.
Margaret and Jim were a lot older than us and remember as a child how they seemed like giants. My tallest paper dolls were named Margaret and Jim!!
I will never forget him!! Love Katie Skiles Brinck

Valerie. Whiteside

August 8, 2019

Jim was my much beloved cousin. He was a dreadful scamp when he was little, and an intelligent and dear guy as time went on.

Valerie Chernals Whiteside

Ted Pezzullo

August 8, 2019


I am very sorry to hear about Jim. He was a good friend. I will miss you buddy! Rest in Peace!