James N Kise II

May 2, 1937December 26, 2012

JAMES NELSON KISE II, FAIA Portland - Jim Kise, 75, died all too soon at his home in Freeport on December 26th, 2012. He was born May 2nd, 1937 in Trenton, New Jersey to Charles R. and Gladys Mae (Doll) Kise. He is survived by his wife, Sallie Smith, his brother Lee (Germany), four children: Jefferson (California), Curtis (Philadelphia), Susanna (Houston) and Triplett (Freeport), and by three grandchildren: Cassandra, Marguerite and Wesley (California). A multiple graduate from the University of Pennsylvania (BA, MA, MCP, MFA) he was one of Philadelphia's greatest advocates. He was a principal in the architectural and planning firm of Kise, Straw, and Kalodner. Among other activities he was a Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for almost 40 years. Services will be held at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia in the New Year. Please visit to share your condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

Please consider a donation in Jim’s memory to: Philadelphia Museum of Art Development Department, PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646 or Historic Rittenhouse Town, 206 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19144.


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January 7, 2013

Just enjoyed so much talking with Jim at Sam's 75th birthday party here in Freeport. His life and career are an amazing personal testimony of dedication to the enrichment of Philadelphia's historic and architectural legacy. Alongside the Smith family, who for over 70 years have made both Philadelphia and Freeport their home and who have given so much of themselves here and for State of Maine, he was a handsome and welcomed community member.

Linda L. Bean

Phil & Karen Will

January 5, 2013

We remember many good years with Crane, especially in Maadi.

January 3, 2013

Jim, you sat at the conference table and told me I didn't understand your design. You told me to go to Heliopolis and look hard. I went, walked around for hours and then understood.

I will someday go back for both of us. God rest your planning soul.
Richard W. Thom, AIA
Senior Urban Designer, Sadat City Development Group, 1978

January 2, 2013

We had just recently enjoyed a Holiday Dinner together. Entertained by Jim's witty stories, his laughter and glimmer in his eyes; the delightful memory will be forever etched in our minds. Farewell to a fine man, a kind friend and a loving neighbor. We will remember you always; with deepest sympathy,
Bob and Denise Kinney

Andrea & Gordon Robinson

January 2, 2013

We send our very deepest sympathy & condolences to Sallie and all the family.

With love,
Andrea with Gordon

Kim Sajet

January 2, 2013

Jim was such an amazing advocate for Philadelphia's history and culture. I remember him with great affection at openings at the Art Museum, Avenue of the Arts meetings, and his advocacy of Rittenhouse Township in particular. As well as having a "can-do" attitude that took on the challenges and overcame the difficulties, he also had a charming and irreverent wit which always made occasions great fun. My thoughts and prayers also go out to Sally and the rest of the Kise family... he will be greatly missed.

Betty and Rod Duckworth

January 1, 2013

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of this wonderful dear friend, it seems there is never enough time to spend with the people you love to be around. We will miss you Jim as will everyone.