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Cortland Jenner Northdrop III

September 13, 1944 ~ August 18, 2021 (age 76)


Cortland (Cort) Jenner Northrop, III

Cort Northrop, 76, died on August 18, 2021, at his home in Moscow, Idaho, after fighting the good fight against pancreatic cancer. He was born September 13, 1944, in Boise, Idaho, to Cortland (Pat) Jenner Northrop, Jr., and Julie Davis Northrop. For three years he reveled in being the only child and grandchild until his sister Patty was born. They lived an idyllic childhood in Boise. Cort attended Jefferson Elementary School, South Junior High School, and Borah High School, graduating in 1962. He was the co-founder of the Borah Ski Club. He spent every weekend and holiday skiing at Bogus Basin. After high school, he attended the University of Idaho, graduating in 1967 with a degree in business finance. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. While in college, Cort married Joanie Schaertl. Tragically, she and their baby died during pregnancy.

After graduating from the U of I, Cort served in the Army as a First Lieutenant in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations against Hostile Forces. Following his service, he worked for Idaho First National Bank in various locations. After several years he decided banking was not for him, so he moved to Moscow where he lived for over forty years. He worked in the Student Loan Department of the U of I for many years. When the Department was out sourced, he worked in the U of I Library in the Serial Department, a job he loved.   While working for the U of I, he was on the Planning and Staff Affairs Committee. During this time he met his life partner, Julie Miller, and they were together for twenty-nine years. They enjoyed birding, traveling, cooking, family, and life together. He was an active member of Team de Moura, a U of I informal faculty and staff running group. He also ran in numerous marathons over the years. He was a strong supporter of the U of I Arboretum Associates, volunteering annually at their plant sale. Cort was a true Vandal.

Cort was proceeded in death by his wife Joanie; his parents Pat and Julie Northrop; his grandparents Cortland Jenner, Sr., and Maude Northrop and Rob and Vera Davis; and his cousin Jody Morton Vallely of Australia. He is survived by his partner Julie; his sister Patty and her husband Rich Toney; nephew Brad Toney (Chris) and grandnieces Serena and Elise Toney from Seattle; niece Kathy Toney of Stuttgart, Germany; cousins Tony (Sue) Lytle of Twickenham, England; Yoko Lytle, husband Julien Pierlas, and children Cassius, Leo, and Ren of New York City; Chris Lytle of Los Angeles; Rob (Cheryl) Morton of Tuscon, Arizona; and Jessie Morton and family of Phoenix, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the Cortland Jenner Northrop, Jr., Scholarship at the U of I College of Business and Economics (%the Idaho Foundation, 875 Perimeter Dr., Moscow 83844) or the U of I Arboretum Associates (%the Idaho Foundation, 875 Perimeter Dr., Moscow 83844).

There will be a private family graveside service in Boise in October. Due to COVID, a celebration of Cort’s life will be held in Moscow in the future.

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