Thomas James Northcutt

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Thomas James Northcutt, Ft. Lauderdale Philanthropist, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Sea Ranch Lakes, FL, Sunday, March 28, 2010. Born June 29, 1923 in Cincinnati, OH, Tom graduated Riverside Military Academy, of Hollywood, FL, and Gainesville, GA, and attended Miami University in Oxford, OH. After flight training at Pensacola, he became a naval aviator flying Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters from the aircraft carrier Randolph during WWII. Shot down once, he flew with Crommelin's Thunderbirds and was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Air Medals in addition to various campaign medals. Tom, a graduate of University of Georgia Law School, was a member of the Georgia Bar. Gravitating to real estate, he developed residences, shopping centers and office buildings in Atlanta and Miami. A track star in school, Tom's love of speed led him and his two sports cars to a division championship of the Sports Car Club of America. He was a founding member of Atlanta Country Club and Cherokee Town and Country Club and a former member of Adios Golf Club, Hillsboro. Tom moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1977 where he met his wife at the Opera Ball in 1985. Tom was honored with the distinguished Impresario Award by the Opera Society of the Florida Grand Opera in 2001. He served on several Boards: the Opera Guild, Inc., the Ft. Lauderdale Council of the US Navy League, Freedoms Foundation, and the Broward Sherriff's Advisory Council. He was also a member of the Christ Lutheran Church where he served on the Council, the Royal Knights of Chivalry, the Coral Ridge Yacht Club, and a Virtuosi Supporter/Member of the Symphony of the Americas. He is survived by his loving wife KayeLynne; a daughter, Chris Northcutt of St. Simons Island, GA; four grandchildren, and one great-grandson. To honor Tom's memory, those who wish instead of flowers, may make a contribution to the Symphony of the Americas, 199 N. Ocean Blvd. # 200, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062; the Florida Grand Opera, 221 S.W. 3rd Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312; or Christ Lutheran Church, 1955 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306. Family will welcome friends for visitation, Monday, April 5, 2010 from 6 to 8pm at Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 4061 N. Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33308. 954-565-5591. Funeral Service will be held, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 11am at Christ Lutheran Church, 1955 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33306.

Published in Sun-Sentinel on Mar. 31, 2010
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