Jim was a true friend to the North Dakota State University Department of Visual Arts and its students. Each year he gifted funds to establish the Department of Visual Arts James Falck Library, and he donated his vast personal collection of art books as well. He also created the James Falck Viterbo, Italy, Scholarship so one student could participate in a study abroad program with the Montserrat College of Art, an experience for some to be described as “life changing.” The magnitude of Jim’s prolific career in art will be celebrated and preserved at North Dakota State University, and his life’s work enabled him to fund the Jim Falck Endowment, which will provide scholarships and opportunities for visual arts students for years to come.
Jim’s surviving family includes his brothers, Thomas H. (Elaine) of Jamestown, N.D., and Neil of Fargo, N.D.; nieces and nephews, Tom (Susan) of Grand Forks, N.D., Carol (Harvey) Andres of Bixby, Okla., Leland of Wahpeton, N.D., Steve, Hartville of Ohio, and Jeff (Gail) and Don, all of Buchanan, and Nancy Falck and Mary Anne (Steve) Swiontek, both of Fargo. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister-in-law, Pat Falck.
One columnist interviewing Jim about his work on the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation described him as “… the real treat of his home. A gracious man with a big smile, a loud voice, and an even louder laugh who had a fire in his speech and a glare in his eye over the challenges of this project. A man with a simple exterior with a bright and colorful interior.”
ARRANGEMENTS: All who knew Jim are invited to an open house gathering of friends to celebrate Jim and share memories, on Saturday, May 3, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Carriage House at Lynch Park, Beverly. Memorials may be sent to the Jim Falck Endowment at the NDSU Development Foundation, Fargo, N.D., the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Mass., or the “Summer in Italy” program at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly.