James Bruce MacQuarrie, the captain of The Clipper Maid of the Seas, had been a pilot for 32 years. He made his home in Kensington, New Hampshire. James leaves his wife, Janet; and two children, Michael, a pilot for Pan Am; and Pamela, a nurse. Captain MacQuarrie is described by friends as having two primary interests—airplanes and his family. He enjoyed working on his 200-year-old colonial home and restoring vintage automobiles. He is described as "A pilot's pilot in every way."
He graduated from Peterborough High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Navy for three years before attending Boston University, where he received an Associate degree in Aeronautics. He had belonged to the Massachusetts Air National Guard where he held the rank of Major.
"Not only was he an outstanding pilot, he was a gentleman," reports Colonel Wilfred Hessert, deputy commander for operations for the 101" Air Refueling Wing at the Guard Base in Bangor, Maine.