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James Hormel '55

James Hormel

James Hormel ‘55, H ‘09 is a private investor and philanthropist. Since 2002, following an earlier term from 1984-1999, he has been chairman of Equidex, a San Francisco-based firm that manages his and his family's investments and philanthropic activities. His early career included assistant dean of the University of Chicago and dean of students at that institution's law school from 1961-67; and attorney with Chicago law firm Peterson, Lowry, Rall, Barber, and Ross from 1959-61.

Hormel's extensive government service includes serving in 1999-2000 as the ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the first openly gay ambassador in U.S. history, , and as member of the U.S. delegation to the 51st United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland in 1995. For the last five decades, he has been involved in countless civic associations. He is a member of the Founding Board of Governors, the City Club of San Francisco, the World Affairs Council - Northern California, and a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Hormel earned a B.A. in history from Swarthmore and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1958. He joined the Board in 1988. Hormel received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Swarthmore in 2009. He also holds honorary degrees from the California Institute of Integral Studies and Hamline University. Hormel lives in San Francisco with partner Michael Nguyen '08.