Deceased Information

  • DECEASED

    James (Jim) Smulian

    Chaim ben Shmuel v'Pearl

  • AGE

    94

  • DATE OF DEATH

    Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (Before Sunset)

  • DATE OF FUNERAL

    Thursday, October 27, 2022

  • TIME OF FUNERAL

    10:00 AM

  • DONATIONS

  • OBITUARY

    James (Jim) Smulian passed away peacefully early in the morning (his favorite time of day) on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at the age of 94 (two weeks shy of 95).  Jim was born on November 7, 1927 in Baltimore, Maryland, second son of Pearl and Samuel Smulian.  He attended public school in Baltimore until the start of the Second World War, when he entered Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, Virginia.  Jim played the French horn and the xylophone for several years with the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra.  He had his own swing band as a teenager and often stated that Lionel Hampton was his idol.  He attended the University of Maryland School of Engineering and Johns Hopkins McCoy School of Business from 1945-1949.  While in college he founded the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity chapter at the University of Maryland. In 1951 he married the love of his life, Betty Forman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and they lived in Baltimore for 7 years, where their oldest son, Rob, was born, before moving to Atlanta, where their second son, John, was born.  In 1962 Jim and Betty started Trimblehouse Corp., an international lighting fixture manufacturing company.  Trimblehouse was known for its innovative custom interior and exterior lighting designs and Main Street projects bringing historic street lighting back to cities and towns across the country, including and especially Atlanta.  The company flourished until 1998 when Jim and Betty retired and moved to Dahlonega, Georgia. Jim loved people and was always deeply involved in the community.  Jim was a devoted Rotarian since 1961, serving as District Governor of the North Georgia District 6910 and President of three Rotary Clubs: Buckhead Rotary Club, Peachtree Corners Rotary Club and the Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary Club.  Jim was also incredibly proud to be the founding President of Atlanta’s Temple Sinai, which started in 1968, and has become one of the largest and most successful Reform Jewish congregations in the country.  Jim served on the founding board of Northside Hospital, on the Sandy Springs Planning Council and the American Jewish Committee board, and was active in the Executive Committee, an organization of business CEOs, and in Junior Achievement, the Architectural and Engineering Society, and the Plastic Engineering Society.  Jim also served as President of the Atlanta Chamber Players board. Jim was a loving, fun and wonderful husband of 71 years to Betty, an amazing father and father-in-law to Rob & Lynne and John & Elaine, and a delightful Dadu to Liz, Laura and Jacob.  Happily, Jim was able to meet his first great-grandchild, Elijah, in September. Jim was a natural leader, loved working with his hands and building things, and thoroughly enjoyed engaging with people and connecting people to each other.  The world is a better place for his having lived in it, and he will be so very deeply missed. Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to Temple Sinai (Atlanta), the Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary Club or The Northside Hospital Foundation. There will be a funeral service for Jim on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, Sandy Springs GA 30327, followed by a graveside ceremony at Crest Lawn Cemetery, 2000 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta GA 30318. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
     

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  • Rogers,Carrie, and Anne Barry/Przybilla

    We mourn with you the passing of Mr. Smulian; but we give thanks for a life well lived!


  • Sandy and Dave Abrams

    Dear Betty and family Our heartfelt condolences Although we have lost touch thru the years we have fond memories of our time together.


  • Lew and Phyllis Kravitz

    Dear Betty, Rob, and John - - So very sorry. Jim was a special person and will be remembered as a "doer first class". We send our heartfelt condolences.