James Handelman Memorial Fund

James H. Handelman
(1954 – 2016)


James Handelman (left), Francisco Ayala, Terry Sejnowski
CARTA Symposium, February 2013: Is the Human Mind Unique?

On February 27, 2016, CARTA lost our original supporter and champion, James H. Handelman, Director of the Mathers Foundation of New York. Modest and humble to a fault, Jim always insisted on keeping a low profile, and brushed off any attempt to give himself due credit for jump-starting the entire CARTA enterprise.

It is widely known that CARTA’s Public Symposia represent the heart and soul of the organization. It is no coincidence that these events were also Jim's favorite aspect of CARTA, and he often attended in person whenever his schedule allowed.

To honor the man and his vision, we have established the "James Handelman Memorial Fund for CARTA Symposia," and we respectfully ask for your contribution. Support of this fund will ensure that Jim's presence will continue to be felt at future CARTA Symposia.

From the New York Times:
James Harvey Handelman. Beloved husband of Susan Schaell Handelman; son of Natalie and Donald; father of Christopher Metcalf, Zach (Raquel), and Jed; grandfather of Asher; brother of Richard (Joy). Gone too soon, at age 61, Jim died on February 27, 2016. He grew up in Scarsdale, NY; received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Connecticut and continued graduate studies at Cornell University in New York. He was the Executive Director of The Mathers Foundation.