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Mr. James Hixon Jelliffe

March 11, 1954 - August 10, 2017

In Loving Memory of James Hixon Jelliffe

James Hixon Jelliffe

March 11, 1954- August 10, 2017


James Hixon Jelliffe ended his battle with cancer, peacefully at his family’s home in upstate New York on August 10, 2017 in Huletts Landing, New York at the age of 63.

Jim is survived by his mother, Jean Jelliffe, his four siblings, Helen Castle, Sylvia Lawler, Myla Punch and John Jelliffe, his wife of 36 years, Theresa Nunn Jelliffe, his three children, Colin, Ashley and Jordan Jelliffe, his daughter-in-law Christine Jelliffe, and his seven grandchildren.

Jim was born on March 11, 1954 in Indianapolis, IN to John “Jack” and Jean Jelliffe. Jim graduated from Shortridge High School in 1772. Jim then went on to graduate from  the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University with degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design in May of 1980. The excellence exhibited in the design and in the execution of Jim’s work during his college years was a precursor to the many accomplished and recognized projects that Jim has completed throughout his career. After marrying the love of his life, Terry,  in 1981  the couple welcomed their first child, Colin. In the 5 years following, Jim and Terry would complete their family with the welcomed additions of Ashley and Jordan.

Jim became a licensed Architect in the State of Indiana in 1982, and was perhaps most influenced by his father, Jack Jelliffe, FAIA, a master architect, and the Prairie Style of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as other Modernist era architects. This influence can be seen in two of Jim’s most prominent and award winning designs- the new Noblesville High School in Noblesville,Indiana and the new Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana.


Jim was responsible for the design and management of projects in Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Iowa, California, Texas, Virginia and Washington DC.


The last project that Jim designed is the Energy Institute High School in Houston Texas, a new high school facility modeled after a high-tech, corporate environment to match the unique mission and structure of the school’s curriculum. The genesis for this design is a consistent theme in Jim’s work- form follows function.

Jim was truly a master architect himself, always demonstrating a fidelity, and commitment, to excellence in the art and in the science of his profession.


Jim brought that passion to his personal life with his family, friends and those he mentored. His legacy will be all of the children’s lives he touched.  He will be greatly missed.


Funeral Information

A memorial is scheduled for 2:00 pm on October 20, 2017 at Crown Hill Funeral Home 700 West 38th Street Indianapolis, IN. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jim’s life. 

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Indiana Architectural Foundation PO Box 5073 Zionsville, IN 46077 or at The IAF's primary role is providing scholarships to architecture students.

Mr.  James Hixon Jelliffe

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