Thomas J. Klutznick, 79, a Chicago real-estate executive, philanthropist and civic activist, died on January 4, 2019 of complications due to dementia. In addition to his involvement in enhancing the skylines of some of the nation's major cities, Mr. Klutznick was active in areas of economic policy, education, and social and urban affairs.An avid outdoorsman with a passion for golf, skiing and fishing, Mr. Klutznick was a commercial-rated pilot who flew his own private jet. He was also a fierce basketball player who built a private half court hidden inside Water Tower Place. In later years he maintained a residence in Woody Creek, Colorado, outside Aspen.Starting in 2006 he suffered from a progressive form of dementia.Mr. Klutznick is survived by four children-Karen Klutznick of Chicago, John (Heather) Klutznick of Denver, Daniel Klutznick of Chicago and Katherine Klutznick of Boulder, Colorado-and two grandsons, Jackson Klutznick and Casey Klutznick. He also is survived by a sister, Bettylu (Paul) Saltzman of Chicago, and two brothers, James (Judith) Klutznick of Chicago and Robert (Dodi) Klutznick of Boulder, Colorado. His marriage to the former Ellen Diengott ended in divorce.A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 7, 2019.