Obituary: James D. Ireland III, former president of Cleveland’s Musical Arts Association

Posted on: January 29, 2015

Janet H. Cho writes in the Plain Dealer (Cleveland) on Sunday (1/25), “James D. ‘Jamie’ Ireland III, a civic-minded Cleveland businessman who was passionate about promoting the arts and numerous cultural institutions in Northeast Ohio—especially the Cleveland Orchestra and University Circle Inc.—died Tuesday, Jan. 20. He was 65.” A Cleveland native and former managing director of Cleveland-based Capital One Partners LLC, which he co-founded in 1993, Ireland “was chairman emeritus of University Circle Inc. and a trustee of the Great Lakes Science Center. He also served on the boards of numerous community groups…. But Ireland was better known as a former president and trustee of the nonprofit Musical Arts Association, which runs the [Cleveland] orchestra, Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center. He served as vice chair of the $116 million Campaign for the Twenty-First Century and chaired the Artistic Direction Committee that chose Franz Welser-Möst as the orchestra’s music director. ‘We all loved Jamie Ireland,’ said Gary Hanson, executive director of The Cleveland Orchestra, via email. ‘We loved him for who he was and for what he did for The Cleveland Orchestra and for the community.’ ” Ireland’s survivors include two children, two sisters, and a brother.

Posted January 29, 2015