Thomas J. Klutznick, Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Klutznick is a real-estate entrepreneur, philanthropist and civic activist.

In the area of real estate, since the early 1970s Mr. Klutznick has been involved in the development of office, retail, hotel, residential, resort and mixed-use properties nationwide in the following capacities:

  • President and later chairman and chief executive officer of Urban Investment and Development Co., the Chicago-headquartered real-estate subsidiary of Aetna Life & Casualty.

  • Co-managing partner of Miller-Klutznick-Davis-Gray Co., a national real-estate firm with a portfolio of properties including 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation and two of the nation’s premier resort companies—Pebble Beach Company in California and Aspen Skiing Company in Colorado.

  • Founder and president of Thomas J. Klutznick Company, a privately held real- estate investment, development and consulting firm headquartered in Chicago with offices in Denver. The company is the corporate predecessor of today’s Klutznick Company of which Mr. Klutznick’s sons, John and Daniel, are principals.

Among the landmark projects for which Mr. Klutznick has been responsible, either individually or in partnership, are Chicago’s Water Tower Place, 333 West Wacker Drive, 730 North Michigan Avenue and The Peninsula Chicago hotel; Boston’s Copley Place; Philadelphia’s One Logan Square; Houston’s First City National Bank; Denver’s multiblock City Center; Los Angeles’ Fox Plaza; Cleveland’s Sohio Headquarters Building; restoration of Seattle’s Olympic Hotel; The Inn & Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, California; The Little Nell hotel, Aspen, Colorado; and Phoenix’s 5,700-acre Desert Ridge master-planned community and CityNorth urban enclave.

Beyond real estate, Mr. Klutznick’s interests and involvements include economic policy, education, the environment, and societal and urban affairs.

To these ends, he is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development; former chairman of the board of trustees of Oberlin College; former trustee of Chicago’s Roosevelt University, where he founded The Institute for Metropolitan Affairs; council member of Resources for the Future; founding director of Yosemite Restoration Trust; trustee emeritus of the National Building Museum; and a contributor to and supporter of numerous philanthropic and charitable organizations and endeavors.

Mr. Klutznick died of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2019.

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