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James W. "Jim" Foreman
February 2, 1912 - November 18, 2006
James W. "Jim" Foreman, a lifelong Stamford, Connecticut resident, died November 18, 2006 of natural causes at the age of 94.
He was born February 2, 1912 and was adopted by Mr. & Mrs. James Foreman, who died when Jim was in high school. Mr. & Mrs. Fred Childs then became his foster parents, together with their eight children. The new living situation caused Jim to leave Stamford High School after his second year. He then spent his time running errands for Stamford Police Chief Jack Brennan. The chief liked Jim and gave him a job bringing meals to prisoners in the Stamford jail. Jim decided to pursue a career with the police department.
Although Jim achieved top scores on the police exam, he was continually rejected because of the discriminatory practices existing at that time. With persistence, he finally entered the police department by becoming a special officer doing security work, but he was not allowed to carry a weapon. He then became a Supernumerary, a part-time position he held for 13 years (Supernumerary is an outdated Connecticut law term explained here).
Jim Foreman entered the Army on April 1, 1942, during World War II. He served successively with four investigating branches: Internal Security, Security and Intelligence, the Provost Marshal's office, and the Criminal Investigation Division. He served in the U.S. Army as a military investigator for more than five years, where he received the Army commendation for service combating crimes and drugs.
During the last 18 months of his Army service (as a Tech Sgt), James worked out of New Haven as chief of the Connecticut branch of CID. He received several commendations from his superiors and earned a reputation as the scourge of AWOLs and deserters.
Upon his discharge, Jim became active in many veterans organizations. He served as president of the Military Intelligence Association of New England in 1959, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Criminal Investigation Division Association of New York. It was during his military service that he was promoted from Supernumary to regular Stamford police officer, becoming the first black person to attain that status.
Jim Foreman retired from the Stamford Police Department in 1977 at the mandated age of 65.
He volunteered his services for many churches and organizations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, Retired Police Association and St. John's Roman Catholic Church.
At 90 years of age, Jim performed weddings as a Justice of the Peace, and ensured the safety of children by working as a crossing guard.
He received the Army Commendation from the U.S. Secretary of War, the Joseph Kinsella Memorial Award, City of Stamford Outstanding Service and the International Identification Officers Association awards. In 1988, he received the African American History Class Award from Stamford High School and in 2002 he was inducted into the Stamford Public Schools Public Service "Wall of Fame" (the Wall of Fame is linked here at the time of this posting).
Jim was a member of the National Counter Intelligence Corps Association, also a member
of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Retired Police Association, the International Identification Officers Association.
Jim Foreman is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, S. Beatrice Ransom Foreman of Stamford, and his foster family, Barbara Childs, Freda Graham of CA, Vernon Childs, Dr. Kenneth Childs of Stamford and many nieces and nephews. His foster sisters, Ruth Green and Janet Harris, and his foster brothers, Fred Childs and Eugene Childs, predecease him.
Jim was buried in the Fairfield Memorial Park cemetery, 290 Oak Lawn Avenue, Stamford, CT.
The above details are a mixture of content consolidated from various sources. Some of the above is from an obituary published by The Advocate on Nov. 24, 2006. and online in a Google cache here at the time of posting. Some of the above is from a news story about Stamford's first black police officer online here at the time of this posting. And some of the above is from the Stamford High School Wall of Fame link here at the time of this posting.
Jim Foreman's military rank is per the Veteran's gravesite locator here.