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In memoriam: Thomas (Tom) Rogers Northrup, AICP

Thomas Northrup, AICP

Thomas (Tom) Rogers Northrup was born on December 20, 1935. He passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the age of 83.

Tom, better known to his employees as “Dad”, graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Architecture in 1962. Tom spent the next 52 years in service to our community until his retirement in 2012.  His first job was with the City of Houston Planning Department as Senior Planner in 1961. In 1965 he joined Williams and Crawford, a land planning firm, as a Vice President.  He later joined Vernon G. Henry & Associates as Vice President in 1975.  In 1979, Tom started Northrup Associates, Inc., a land planning and traffic consultation firm.  His daughter Betsy Arriola began working with him in 1980 and continued to work with her father until his retirement. After the 1984 downturn, an environmental department, headed by his wife, Katie Northrup, was created to help developers mitigate wetland and permitting impacts.

Tom was a prominent figure in the growth of Houston and a leader in many unique Houston events. He was a founding member of the Harris County Flood Control Task Force created in 1973, of which he served as chairman from 1977-1978. Tom’s area of expertise was focused on Traffic Evaluation and Accessibility Evaluation, Land Use and Development of Feasibility Analysis, Residential Master Plan Design, Commercial, Mixed -Use Design, Site Planning, Business and Industrial Park Design and in the Representation of Trust Estates and Owners of Large Land Tracts on issues of growth and partition. He planned several master plan communities in and around the Houston area including Gleannloch Farms, Long Meadow Farm, Coles Crossing, and Firethorne. One of his favorite claims to fame was that he designed the parking at the newly built Astrodome in 1965. He always had a Plan B because Plan A never went they way it should have.

Tom served as a Lifetime Member and Lifetime Vice President for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He was Club Chairman of the Main Corral Club, Transportation Committee and Directions and Assistance Committee. He served on the Building Committee and was a School Art Judge for the School Art Committee. Tom was also a member of the Hold’Em & Hit’Em Club, a founder and Lifetime Director of the Colorado County Fair Association, and Lifetime Member of the Farm and Ranch Club. He was a DeMolay and Lifetime Freemason. Tom was a founding member of the Harris County Flood Control Task Force created in 1973, of which he served as chairman from 1977-1978.  He served on the West Houston Association, Missouri City Developers Council, Houston Chamber of Commerce, and the Houston Board of Realtors, to name a few.

Memorial donations can be made to: 

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Educational Fund

P.O. Box 20070

Houston, TX 77225