"Jack Lupton was a giant of a man.  When most had given up on Chattanooga, he saw the great potential that existed in the community he loved and rallied us around his dream for the city we enjoy today.  Not only was he enormously generous, he was willing to risk his reputation on civic endeavors like the Aquarium and was an inspiration to us all.  He was both a mentor and a friend to me and I will miss him greatly."