Sunday, October 31, 2004

Realty firm co-founder Thomas Duffy

Taught at Xavier University

By Daniel Harper
Enquirer staff writer

MONFORT HEIGHTS - Thomas Duffy, co-founder of Duffy Real Estate Co., died at his home Thursday surrounded by his family. He was 74.

Raised in Clifton, Mr. Duffy graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1948. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Xavier University in 1954.

He joined the Air Force in 1954 and was stationed at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., where he was an electronics instructor.

Mr. Duffy married Anne Stanford of Laurel, Miss., in 1954.

After returning from the service, he went to work for Crosley Electronics and remained there until receiving his real estate license in 1963.

In 1964, he co-founded Duffy Real Estate, which would later expand into eight offices in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area employing more than 100 real estate agents.

He began teaching real estate at the University of Cincinnati in 1986 and founded an accredited program at Xavier University in 1988. He continued to teach until 1992.

Mr. Duffy was a member of Friends of St. Patrick where he helped organize "Duffy" floats for the St. Patrick's Day Parade; a 20-year-member of the Western Hills Community Chorale; a member of the St. Antoninus Church choir; a volunteer for the Sisters of Charity and a former president of the Mercy Athletic Association.

In addition to his wife, Anne, of Monfort Heights, he is survived by sisters Eileen Ormond of Mount Lookout, Sheila Flaherty of Monfort Heights, Alice Heilman of Western Hills, Peggy Hudepohl of Rising Son, Ind.; daughters, Kathleen Duffy-Wagner of Westwood, Mary Duffy-June of Price Hill, Carol Pieper of Monfort Heights and Sheila Davis of West Chester; son, Michael of Delhi; and nine grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Meyer Funeral Home, 5864 Bridgetown Road.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 5222 North Bend Road.

Memorials: Kevin Flaherty, S.J., c/o The Jesuit Mission Office, 790 Clinton Spring Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

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