John A. “Jack” Lutts, PhD, age 88

of Quincy

John A. “Jack” Lutts, PhD, age 88

John A. “Jack” Lutts, PhD, a forty-seven-year resident of Quincy, passed away, peacefully, Monday, September 21, 2020, with his wife Ruth, by his side, at his recent home at Sunrise Senior Living in Braintree. He was 88 years old.

Jack was born, February 1932, in Baltimore, MD. He was the son of the late Hilda and John Lutts, and older brother to William “Bill” who predeceased him. He often recounted times growing up during the Great Depression and working at his father’s grocery store. Following graduation from Loyola H.S. in 1950, Jack made the decision to enter the Jesuits – called to a life of service. During this time, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL (1957), and both his Master’s (1959) and Doctorate in Mathematics (1961) from the University of Pennsylvania. After much contemplation and prayer, Jack made the decision to leave the Jesuits before fully becoming a priest.

In 1966, Jack was invited to join the faculty at the University of Massachusetts which he proudly accepted and relocated to the Boston area. There he spent the next forty-one years as a Professor of Mathematics. He was a valued and beloved staff member and appreciated by many students. 1966 was also the same year Jack made the fortuitous decision to attend a Catholic Singles Mixer at ‘Lanes and Games’ in Cambridge. There he picked up one bowling ball only to put it back down saying to himself, “that’s too heavy.” Next came a female voice (Ruth’s) who said, “Good—because that’s my ball!” Jack and Ruth were married on June 10, 1967 and went on to be blessed with seven children and thirteen grandchildren.

Jack answered the call to serve in many ways —as a leader, a teacher, a caring mentor, and a devout Catholic. An involved member of his community, Jack served as President of Furnace Brook Elementary PTA. For Saint John the Baptist Parish in Quincy, he and Ruth led Pre-Cana classes and he was a Eucharistic Minister. He was also one of the founding members (1963) of Clavius Mathematical Research Group which still gathers every summer to discuss Mathematical research, live as a community, and pray. He also dedicated time to mentoring teachers and students through a program he helped develop in conjunction with Dorchester H.S. He was an active member of the Mathematical Association of America.

Above all, Jack was a devoted husband and a dedicated father and grandfather. He was always there for his family whenever he was needed. Despite his obligations and his involvements, he always managed to find the time to embrace, encourage and challenge each of his children to become the best individual they were meant to be. In recent years, he thoroughly enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his grandchildren, always interested to hear about their adventures and offer advice. He will remain in our hearts forever.

Beloved husband for fifty-three years of Ruth (Hanson) Lutts.

Devoted father of Judy Yap and her husband Michael of Denville, NJ, John Lutts and his wife Carol of Rockland, Eric Lutts and his wife Barbara of Doylestown, PA, Irene Lutts and her husband Kevin Gillespie of Quincy, Claire St. Tulnoynum and her husband Glenn of Concord, Paul Mazzarella Lutts and his wife Alyssa of Quincy, and Laetitia Brundage and her husband Patrick of Lynn.

Loving grandfather of Ella, Faith, Mary, Joshua, Jessica, Conor, Morgan, Iain, Elena, Emerson, Grayson, Bonham, and Skylee.

He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen (Hanson) Endres of Albuquerque, NM and Eileen Lutts of Towson, MD, four nieces and one nephew. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Hugh Endres.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Monday, September 28, at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The Mass will be livestreamed at At the request of the family, visiting hours have been omitted and interment will take place privately. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in John’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association at


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  • Rest in peace.

  • May you rest in the peace of the Lord

  • May you all find comfort in knowing what an impact Jack had on everyone around him. He will be sorely missed.

  • Great Guy. We will miss you at the cook outs Rest in Peace

  • So long you are missed . Enjoyed your company at the 99.

  • Sending love to all of the family. I have many happy and fun-filled memories of Jack, Ruth and all of the family . We had many good times over the years. RIP Jack

  • God blessed us with so many family adventures and a beautiful friendship. Love to you, Ruth, as well as Judy, John, Erik, Irene, Paul and Laetitia.

  • I think I forgot to include Claire.

  • I remember Jack fondly as a huge supporter of education and Quincy Public Schools, husband of my colleague Ruth, and parent of some of the nicest and most interesting kids I was privileged to teach. A true intellect and purveyor of kindness, we will all miss him. Ave atque vale.

  • Jack! You will be missed. Always had a great time with you and Ruth. As you knew, Ruth and I go back more years than we want to count and you put up with us for many of those years.

  • John & Carol , Josh and Jess, Prayers and love to you and your family.

  • To family and friends, sorry for your loss.
    Friends at Trinity Episcopal Church, Rockland MA.

  • I am so sorry to hear the news about your father. Thanks so much for letting me know, Paul.. Your parents were so helpful to me when I lived in Quincy and needed child care. I was so grateful for the help they gave me. Please let me know how your mother is doing. And let Judy know that I saw this notice. Your parents were great! I am saddened by this news.

    Mary Lee Dunn Maguire

  • The Kelleher Family sends love to Ruthie and all the Lutts family. May Jack rest in peace. We are sad that he is no longer with us, but we cherish our memories of happy times together.

  • I am saddened almost beyond words to learn of Jack’s passing-all the Wilson’s are! I am so happy to have been able to see you all at Paul’s wedding last year!

  • My sincerest condolence on your loss.

  • I will always be grateful for the kindness that Jack and Ruth showed to my daughter Lisa. May you rest in peace.

  • Jack was always there for the Kelleher family! May he Rest In Peace!

  • Ruth, my love and prayers go out to you and your dear family. Jack was always so personable when he came to Atlantic events, and of course I could hear about the importance of family in the stories you would tell. My deepest sympathies, Ruth.

  • Dear Lutts Family

    Sending much love to you all! Your Dad was a kind and brilliant person. Many memories of sleeping bag visits, snow covered driveways and fun. A life well lived. God Bless! Kayleen Fischer

  • I was blessed to be a student of Jack’s, and then lucky to know him again as Ruth’s wonderful sidekick. What a special guy! To Ruth and family, surely you know how much he was loved. Wishing you peace and happy memories during this difficult time,

    Donna Jean & your Atlantic family xo

  • Dad, I miss you. Love Judy

  • I love you, Ruth, and your family. I’m so glad we (me and my family) knew you. God bless you all.