In memoriam: Art collector James Smith Rudolph dies

James Smith Rudolph, 92, died in Sarasota, Fla., on April 15.

He was born June 9, 1926, to Samuel and Elizabeth Smith Rudolph. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and also attended Dartmouth.

Jim spent seven years in Paris, where he learned about literature, art and music. He once said that he wouldn’t have traded them for any seven years of anyone else’s life.

Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Adrienne. Together, they created Centicore Arts International in Ann Arbor, Mich., and traveled the world. Jim collected Renaissance musical instruments, 18th century French furniture, contemporary art, vintage wines, kitchen gadgets, and more.

James Rudolph