YARMOUTH — James Blair Goodbody, 78, died May 2.

He was born Nov. 13, 1933, in New York City. He was a proud graduate of the Kent School, Williams College and the University of Michigan Law School where he was an assistant editor of the Michigan Law Review.

Between 1965 and 1972, he worked in Washington, D.C., as a partner in the investment firm Goodbody & Company. After a brief stint as vice chairman of the National Finances Committee for Sen. Ed Muskie’s presidential campaign, he moved with his family to Cumberland Foreside, where he opened a small brokerage office and became involved with the Portland Society of Art. He tirelessly served the society as a trustee and director.

After his retirement, he continued to dedicate himself to education as a trustee at Gould Academy and was active in the school’s fundraising and strategic planning.

Goodbody loved his family and friends as well as banjo, bluegrass music and bridge. He spent his last years residing at Bay Square Assisted Living in Yarmouth.

He is survived by his former wife, Barbara Morris Goodbody; daughter Bridget Goodbody; sons Robert and Jim Goodbody; and grandchildren Ben, Abigail, Marcus and Hanna.

A public service will be held at 11 a.m. May 11 at the Foreside Community Church, 340 Foreside Road, Falmouth.