ONE OF THE OLD GUARD, Court died peacefully in New York on May 11, 1991, one day before his 92nd birthday, thus extinguishing his hope to live in three centuries.
In 1940 he merged his insurance brokerage firm, Otis, Jones & Co., with Johnson & Higgins, where he became director and executive V.P.
During his life Court devoted himself to civic and charitable organizations, acting as national president of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, director of the New York Heart Assn., director and member of the executive committee of Beekman Downtown Hospital, and adviser and committee member of the New York Public Library.
Court also generously endowed two scholarships per year for undergraduates, providing $10,000 each.
As a direct descendant of John Otis, who came from Glastonbury, England, in 1631, Court belonged, contributed to, and was a life member of the Society of Colonial Wars, St. Nicholas Society of the City of New York, the Pilgrims, and the Sons of the Revolution, and was director of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmans Club, of which his mother, Blanche Heely, was second president.
Enjoying a glass with friends now and then, Court became a member of the Links Club and a life member of the Union Club.
He leaves behind a daughter, Helen Pope; a son, John Winthrop '52; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; as well as a stepdaughter, Sallie Brophy; and a stepson, Emmett Showalter '54, to all of whom the Class extends its deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1920