James Anctil, 1943-1997, was a resident of the Portland (OR)/Vancouver (WA) area from December 1981 until his death from suicide in July 1997. A translator and Slavic language expert by profession, Anctil was also a published writer, diarist, vocalist, dancer, and visual artist and active in the gay & lesbian community of the Pacific Northwest.
Born in Nashua, NH (March 26, 1943), Anctil graduated from Middlebury College (VT) in 1965 before moving to New York City. Anctil received his Master's Degree in Slavic Languages from New York University and eventually moved to Portland, OR in 1981. In Portland, Anctil taught English as a second language at 5 different area colleges. He was a frequent contributor to gay publications including "Just Out" and "The EAGLE Newsmagazine," and active in gay organizations including the Portland Gay Men's Chorus (PGMC) and Rosetown Ramblers (an LGBT square dancing club.) Anctil was a choral translator for the Portland Opera and the Oregon Symphony, as well as a prolific visual artist.
- James Anctil papers, Oregon Historical Society Reserach Library
- Archives West website : accessed 05 May 2021