Thomas Armstrong Quintrell of Gates Mills, Ohio, age 94, passed away on March 3, 2015.
Beloved husband of Ella Hornickel Quintrell. Dear father of Lute Quintrell (Lynn) of Cleveland Hts., OH, Margaret Madding (Bruce) of Atherton, CA, Josie Quintrell (Duncan Wood) of Harspwell, ME and Edith Quintrell (Ruben Perina) of Washington, D.C. Grandfather of Clay Madding, Sara Madding, Ann Madding; Laura Quintrell; Anna Perina, Natalia Perina; Emma Wood and Sam Wood.
Born on May 15, 1920, his parents were Margaret Armstrong and Clayton A. Quintrell of Lakewood, Ohio. He was a dedicated student - athlete at both University School (1938) and at Princeton University (1942). In World War II, he received the bronze star for his service as a Captain with the 7th Infantry Division. Upon return from the war he attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1948. He and his wife were married on July 7, 1950.
He started his legal career in 1948 with McKeehan, Merrick, Arter & Stewart and George William Cottrell, later known as Arter & Hadden. During his long career, he served on several Boards including the Cuyahoga Savings Association, the Board of Central National Bank (now Key Bank); was a Life Trustee of University School, a 50 year member of the Court of Nisi Prius and a Life Member of the American Law Institute. He was a Member of the Fifty Club, the CMBA where he served on the Executive Committee, and the Ohio State Bar Association where he served on the Board of Governors. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Law Library for 35 years and was its President for over 20 years.
After his retirement, he became active in land conservation. He organized and was an Officer/Trustee of the Gates Mills Land Conservancy, the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc., and Grand River Partners, Inc.. He was on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts and was on the Ohio Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Land. He also served on the National Council for the Land Trust Alliance as well as on its Conservation Defense Advisory Committee.
He was proud that the Gates Mills Land Conservancy was accredited in December of 2013 by the land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission. It was the third land trust in Ohio to be accredited and the first all volunteer Association.
He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church where he served on its Vestry. In Cleveland he belonged to the Union Club, the Tavern Club, the Kirtland Country Club and the Mayfield Sand Ridge Club as well as the Gulf Stream Golf Club, the Gulf Stream Bath & Tennis Club and the Little Club in Florida.
The family prefers that those who wish make contributions in his name to Gates Mills Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 13, Gates, Mills, Ohio 44040, the University School, 2785 Som Center Road, Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022 or to Princeton University, Annual Giving, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, New Jersey 08543.
Memorial Services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44106 on Friday, April 10th at 3:00 PM.
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