James D. Finley: Led J.P. Stevens in 60s and 70s
April 11, 2003,
Gulfstream, FL — James D. Finley, who presided over textiles titan J.P. Stevens as it battled the unions during the tumultuous Norma Rae days of the 1960s and 70s, died here on April 5 at the age of 86.
Finley, the first non-family member to head the former J.P. Stevens, ran the company as chairman from 1965 until his retirement in 1979, during a challenging period characterized first by the protracted and often bitter drive to unionize the company's plants, and later by the first trickle of low-cost imports.
In addition to his wife, Nancy, Finley leaves three sons, James Finley of Rumson, NJ; William G. Finley of Charlotte, NC; and Fred B. Finley of Palm City, FL.