It’s not hyperbole to say that, in recent days, we lost two visionary leaders whose careers and lives were each a force for good in Kansas City. James B. Nutter, Sr. and Neal Patterson were pillars of our community whose legacies will live on for future generations. They will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones and all of those whose lives they have touched.
James B. Nutter, Sr. was a pioneer. His work in the mortgage industry changed unequal practices and created opportunity for communities previously shut out of the American dream. He built a company renowned for its deft market knowledge and sincere appreciation for the customers it serves. Nutter, Sr.’s belief in opportunity spread across our City in lasting ways over decades of service. Through his generous philanthropy, passionate advocacy, and a commitment to the common good, James B. Nutter, Sr. worked, often quietly, to enrich the quality of life for all Kansas Citians.
Neal Patterson was a true innovator with a bold vision for the future of Kansas City. I will always remember him as a tireless advocate for our region — working to strengthen our city whenever the opportunity presented itself. He often created opportunities, as well, to put our region on the map. Whether it was working to establish Kansas City as a leader in medical software technology or saving our city’s beloved soccer team, Neal was a true Kansas Citian with a deep commitment to the city he loved.