James B. Nutter, Kansas City businessman and philanthropist, dies at 89

James B. Nutter, a titan of business, politics and philanthropy in Kansas City, died Friday. He was 89.

Nutter founded home mortgage company James B. Nutter & Co. in 1951. It grew into one of the largest privately-owned mortgage banking companies in the U.S.

“On Friday we lost our patriarch–an extraordinary man whose big heart, wisdom and generosity touched us and so many others in profound and lasting ways. He taught us not only how to be honorable and fair in business, but how to listen to, and learn about people from every country, culture and religion, and to have compassion for every living thing, whether on two legs or four,” Nutter family said in a statement.

Nutter was a prominent backer of Democratic politicians. Many political figures have expressed their condolences on social media, including Sen. Claire McCaskill, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and former U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

Nutter also is being remembered for his generosity to local philanthropic and civic causes.

Nutter’s wife, Annabel Fisher Nutter, and son, James B. Nutter Jr., survive him. His daughter Nancy Ann Moore died in 2003.

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