James M. Bayne

James M. Bayne holds degrees from Univ. of Illinois and Harvard Business School. He is a veteran of the US Army, the Illinois Militia and the Illinois National Guard. During his four-decade business career, he was an architect and structural engineer with Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, Inc. in Detroit; a partner in Bayne and Lee, Architects and then became a member of NASA’s original Space Task Group where he served as Director of Design for the Manned (now Johnson) Space Center in Houston; he then became Director of Engineering for the Electronics Research Center, Cambridge, MA and concluded his government service at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

In addition to memberships in numerous professional organizations and societies, Mr. Bayne is a Mason, Knight Templar and an American Legionnaire. He also holds membership in the Jamestowne Society, First Families of America, the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (which he served as President), the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (which he served as President), the War of 1812 Society and the Scottish-American Military Society. He is a Chevalier in the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, a Fellow in the Antiquaries Society of Scotland, and has served as 2nd Deputy Governor of the Virginia Chapter of the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims.

Over a three-year period Mr. Bayne wrote a weekly column about the people and events of the Revolutionary War for the Culpeper Star-Exponent. Since January 2009 he has written a weekly column about current national events, which appears in the Sunday print and electronic editions of that paper.