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Nancy Grasmick
James L. Tucker Jr.
James L. Tucker Jr.

James L. "Jay" Tucker, a retired state education coordinator recalled as a visionary who brought the arts into school systems and classrooms, died of lung disease Jan. 22 at Gilchrist Hospice. The Fells Point resident was 70. "We became the first state in the nation to set standards in the arts that were commensurate with the standards we set for science, math or reading," said former state Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick. "Through Jay's creativity, we were able to galvanize people to the arts. He was always thinking of ways to showcase the talents of our students. He was highly respected and set Maryland on a course that the arts must be a...