Fred Lupton, Engineer And Philanthropist Who Was Heart Transplant Recipient, Dies At 81

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Fred Lupton, Chattanooga engineer and philanthropist, has died at the age of 81.

Mr. Lupton lived over 23 years after receiving a heart transplant.

It is believed that he was the last male in the Lupton line living in Chattanooga. The Luptons have long been prominent in the city, including involvement in Coca-Cola bottling.

Mr. Lupton suffered early heart problems and had several bypass operations. His heart stopped in the Washington, D.C., Airport on April 15, 1988, and a high school student who had just taken a CPR course helped revive him.

He obtained the transplant in 1990.

Mr. Lupton was an active member of the Civitan Club.

He helped support Bachman Academy, Room at the Inn and other groups.

His brother was the late Tommy Lupton. A sister was Maddin Lupton McCallie.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 3319 Hixson Pike, with Reverend Carol Howard Merritt officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services.    

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