Publication: China, Glass & Lamps
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
It seldom happens that we are called upon to record the death of so estimable a gentleman as James Pass, and it is needless to say we approach the task with the deepest regret. For James Pass was all that men thought. As sound in principle as he was honest with is fellows, he was the embodiment of personal and business integrity. He knew not the double standard of dealing and lay his course according to the ethics of the Golden Rule. Older men looked upon him with admiration; younger men profited by his example. He rose from the meager teaching of the public schools to a place among the most eminent ceramic chemists of his time, while his attainments in the field of business are shown in the success that marked his every financial venture. Yet he possessed none of the attributes of the money grabber. Rather did he use his success for pleasure and profit of his family and his friends, finding for himself relaxation from the cares of his arduous life in the study of those subjects which most appealed to him.
His work will long be remembered by the pottery industry of America, for it was he who brought out of the chaos ordinary earthenware the perfection of china which has made the name of his city famous. To attain this first great ambition of his busy life he toiled with the workers in the shops and toiled with the students in the university. Pluck and perseverance he brought to his will, and in the end he reached the goal for which he had striven.
And there was the more human side which few men knew and which he never paraded, and because of the modestly that shrouded his charities and let not his right know what his left hand did there can be given no record. But those who knew him best are safe in the assurance that the poor of this city, the distressed and unfortunate among his workmen are those who mourn him most deeply.