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J. Edgar Thomson Rutter II Obituary
Rutter, J. Edgar Thomson II

March 6, 1931 - May 31, 2014

J.E.T. Rutter was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Thomas and Abby Rutter. He attended Chadwick School, and Princeton University, graduating with honors in 1952. June 18, 1952 "the luckiest day of his life" Jet married Lenore "Kit" Kittredge.

After graduating from USC Law School in 1955, Jet Rutter served two years in the U.S. Army, prior to practicing law in Newport Beach. In 1968 he was appointed to the Municipal Court, and was promoted to the Superior Court in 1970. Judge Rutter organized the Family Law Panel for the Orange County Superior Court, and resigned from the bench in 1985 as its senior judge. Thereafter, he worked as a mediator, private judge, arbitrator, and appellate law consultant.

A founding member of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, Jet served for many years on the board and as its President. He was an active volunteer for St James Anglican Church and the Lighthouse Outreach Ministry in Costa Mesa.

Kit and Jet traveled together extensively, and enjoyed their home on Lido Isle, their Palm Desert condo, and their friends at The Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Jet was an avid diver and surfer, and enjoyed gardening, boating, playing guitar and singing; his repertory of bawdy songs and limericks was and is still legendary.

Jet Rutter died after a short struggle with pancreatic cancer at age 83. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kit, their four children and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Grace Chapel, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 600 St Andrews Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663.

In lieu of flowers. the family requests donations be made to Lighthouse Outreach Ministry: 1885 Anaheim Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.


Published in Orange County Register on June 13, 2014
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