Farewell photograph for James Avent (seated right) when he was transferred from the Standard Oil Tsingtao office, April 1938
|Born||James Monroe Avent
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S.
Sewanee, Tennessee, U.S.
|Children||Jacqueline Avent, Mayna Avent, James Monroe Avent|
|Parent(s)||Mayna Treanor Avent (mother)
Frank Avent (father)
James Monroe Avent (1895–1995) was a Standard Oil executive based in China from 1919 until 1949. Son of noted artist Mayna Treanor Avent, Avent arrived in China shortly after World War I and, apart from a period during World War II, lived there with his family.
After the end of the First World War, Avent joined Standard Oil and was assigned to the company's Tsingtao office. Later, he was transferred with his family among a number of Chinese cities. During this time Harriet Nelson, the sister of Avent's wife Jeanette, met and married famed World War II submarine commander Mush Morton.
Avent lived in China until 1949 after which he retired with his family to Sewanee, Tennessee. He lived there until his death in 1995.
- Keith, Don (2011). Undersea Warrior: The World War II Story of 'Mush' Morton and the USS Wahoo. 2011. NAL Caliber, New American Library, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-23488-9
- Keith, Don (2011). p 28