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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

The Lindner College of Business Mourns the Loss of Alumnus James C. Kautz

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8:36 AM
Kautz Leaves Everlasting Legacy of Support to the Lindner Economics Department.
James C. Kautz

The University of Cincinnati and the Carl H. Lindner College of Business family lost an outstanding alumnus, supporter and volunteer with the January 10th passing of James “Jim” C. Kautz, A&S ’53, HON ‘95.

Mr. Kautz, through the establishment of the Kautz-Uible Fund at the University of Cincinnati, provided the support to advance the economics department and deliver creative opportunities for enhanced learning and growth to students, faculty and alumni.

Lindner College of Business Dean David Szymanski PhD notes that Mr. Kautz elevated the Department of Economics through his generosity and involvement. “Jim’s leadership and vision for elevating the stature of the Department of Economics cannot be overstated. The Kautz-Uible fund continues to have a transformational impact in supporting our students, faculty and alumni.  The kindness and generosity shown by the Kautz family has meant a great deal to the college and Jim’s legacy will forever live on at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.”

Mr. Kautz graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Political Science from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences in 1953, and he also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with an MBA in 1957. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Cincinnati in 1995 and is an emeritus member of the University of Cincinnati Foundation Board of Trustees (former chairman).

In 1966, Mr. Kautz took a gamble and joined a Goldman Sachs training program in New York. His choice paid off in a rewarding career, global horizons, and treasured colleagues; Jim retired as a General Partner and head of fixed income sales in 1987. Mr. Kautz retired from Goldman, Sachs & Company in 1999.  Mr. Kautz was a founder of Sage Capital Management and an original investor and director of Boston Beer.

Mr. Kautz and his late wife, Carol, founded the Kautz Family Foundation in 1982 to share their good fortune and further their values of inclusion and social justice. Jim cherished his work with non-profits, including Vassar College (Board Chair), UC Foundation, National Geographic Society, Deer Creek Foundation, Brookings Institution, Storm King Art Center, and many in their adopted home of Tucson.

In 1982, through the Kautz Family Foundation, Mr. Kautz established the Hewett-Kautz Fund (now Kautz-Uible Fund) at the University of Cincinnati in support of advancing the Department of Economics in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Through the support of the Kautz and Uible families, as well as countless others, the fund has established fellowships that today provide scholarships to outstanding economics students. The fund also initiated the Kautz-Uible Women in Economics program that provides scholarships to female students in economics, built an annual lecture series presented by leading economists around the country and provides support for domestic and international trips for students to study abroad in Chicago, New York and Norway.

In Jim's honor, please consider designating a gift to the Kautz-Uible Fund at the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Busines.