James Brantley JUDD

February 3, 1939September 2, 2019

James Brantley Judd (Jim) of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on September 2, 2019. Jim was born in 1939 to Mary and James Judd of Columbia, Missouri.

Jim was managing partner of the Kansas City office of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (KPMG) from 1977 until 1994. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Michigan, Jim joined KPMG in St. Louis in 1961. Admitted to the Partnership in 1968, he served as the managing partner of the Firm’s Oklahoma City office from 1971 through 1974, in the Firm’s executive office as Partner in Charge of the Professional Development Department from 1975 through 1977, as the U.S. representative on the Firm’s International Professional Development Committee, and as a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors from 1978 through 1981.

In Kansas City, Jim was active in numerous community organizations. He was Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and president of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Repertory Theater, Inc. He served as the first Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the School of Business at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and as the first Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Missouri, Columbia, for the School of Business and Public Administration. For six years, he was Chairman of the Steering Committee for Kansas City Tomorrow, a program of the Civic Council. He was also the former Honorary Consul in Kansas City for Belgium, received the Alumni Award from the University of Missouri, and was elected to the Kansas City Man of the Month Club. He had also been a member of the River Club, the Carriage Club, and the University Club and was a proud member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Currently, he and his wife, Nancy, have travelled extensively and enjoyed time with friends and family. He leaves his wife Nancy; daughter Kelley LeRose (Bob); stepsons Peter Boylan (Kathy) and David Boylan; and stepdaughters Robyn Jackson and Catherine Frazier (Eli). He will also be deeply missed by his grandchildren: Alexandra and Meghan LeRose; Peter and Taylor Boylan; David and Lauren Boylan; Virginia, Samantha, and Nathan Haas; and Phoebe and Genevieve Frazier. He was preceded in death by his son, David Judd.

Celebration of Life will be held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Wesley Covenant Chapel, in Leawood, on Thursday, October 3, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the City Union Mission, 1100 East 11th St., Kansas City, MO 64106, Attention: Bookkeeping.


  • James Edgar Judd, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Mae (Brantley) Judd, Mother (deceased)
  • Nancy Lee (Curtis) Judd, Spouse
  • David Judd, Son (deceased)
  • Kelley LeRose, Daughter
  • Bob LeRose, Son-in-law
  • Peter (Kathy) Boylan, Step-son
  • David Boylan, Step-son
  • Robyn Jackson, Step-daughter
  • Catherine (Eli) Frazier, Step-daughter
  • Wendy (Patrick) Melland, Step-daughter
  • Alexandra LeRose, Granddaughter
  • Meghan LeRose, Granddaughter
  • Peter Boylan, Grandson
  • Taylor Boylan, Granddaughter
  • David Boylan, Grandson
  • Lauren Boylan, Granddaughter
  • Virginia Haas, Granddaughter
  • Samantha Haas, Granddaughter
  • Nathan Haas, Grandson
  • Phoebe Frazier, Granddaughter
  • Genevieve Frazier, Granddaughter
  • Byran Melland, Grandson
  • Tricia Melland, Granddaughter
  • Andrew Melland, Grandson

  • City Union Mission (Attention: Bookkeeping)


3 October

Celebration Of Life

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Wesley Covenant Chapel

13720 Roe Avenue
Leawood, KS 66224


James Brantley JUDD

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Peggy McBride

September 9, 2019

I first met Jim prior to joining KPMG, when I was visiting bond rating agencies in New York City with my then boss who had been a fraternity brother of Jim’s. Jim took us to the only country western bar in Manhattan. He treated me as though I were an important visitor, even though I was a relatively clueless 22-year-old. A couple of years later Jim took a chance and hired me back when there were not too many women in public accounting, at least not in what were then the Big Eight firms. I remember and appreciated his quiet sense of humor, low-key style and self-deprecating attitude. He looked out for my career, acted as a mentor and always made me feel important to the Office and the Firm. After I transferred to California I learned that he was truly unique with his upbeat leadership style, extraordinary level of community activities and genuine interest in his colleagues. It saddens me to learn of his passing. My most sincere condolences to Jim’s family.

Susann Riffe

September 9, 2019

You were always a class act, whether in the board room or the tennis court. Your smile and wit will be forever remembered...

Michael Koeppen

September 6, 2019

Nancy and Family:

Tracy and I send our condolences. Jim was a "mentor" of mine before the term was in vogue. I simply preferred to call him my friend. He was one of the first Peat Marwick partners I met on campus while a student at our beloved MU in 1981. And I will always remember the day he walked into my office in 1993 and told me that I had been admitted as a partner at KPMG. And I certainly looked forward to "Bridge Club" where he was a Founding Member!!

Mike Koeppen