Jeffrey Theodore Kuta, 73, retired real estate attorney, of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, passed away peacefully July 12, 2021. He was a thoughtful man who enjoyed exploring philosophy, politics, visual art, and music. He grew up in Humboldt Park where his father owned a hardware store. A Polish boy, he learned to play the accordion and tried to please his father who coached baseball. Jeff attended Lane Technical High School where he served as editor of the Lane Daily, joined ROTC to avoid gym classes, and won the Wabeno Award for scholarship, service, leadership and citizenship. In 1965, he drove off to The University of Chicago in a VW bug, the first in his family to learn to drive. During the turbulent 60's he studied sociology and covered student unrest as editor of the Chicago Maroon. Marriage and Law School followed. He became managing editor of the Law Review and had fun with The Glass Menagerie, a spoof of faculty. Professionally, Jeff was proud of his work to obtain a facade easement for the Chicago Theater which enabled necessary interior repairs and ensured this landmark's survival. Affordable Housing was a major part of his legal work. Jeff was the second chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and founding Editor of the Forum Journal. He also offered free legal services to establish 501(c)3 status for Dame Libby Komaiko's Ensemble Espanol dance company and also to N.A.M.E. Gallery. Beloved husband of 52 years to Diane LaVerne Kuta (nee Jancovic); loving father of Jonathan (Katherine Ansorge) and Joseph (Cathryn Augustine) Kuta; proud grandfather ("Pops") of Xavier and Juniper Kuta; eldest brother of Kelvin and Ernest (Diana) Kuta. Son of the late Stanley Joseph Kuta and Helen Terpin Kuta. A celebration of life is being planned. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity
in his memory. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or www.cremation-society.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jul. 18, 2021.