Jerry E. Hutchison 1933 - 2006 Flat Rock, N.C.
A family memorial gathering for Jerry E. Hutchison, 73, Flat Rock, is planned for a later date.Mr. Hutchison died Friday, July 14, 2006, at Four Seasons Hospice in Flat Rock.He was born March 12, 1933, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Willard M. and Rachel A. Woods Hutchison. He graduated with honors from Topeka High School, where he was president of the 1952 senior class. He received an A.B. degree cum laude from Washburn University in 1954. He received a master's degree in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1970 from Kansas University. He was a resident of Venice, Fla., before moving to Flat Rock. He lived in Topeka and Lawrence, Kan., for most of his life.Mr. Hutchison served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot on active and reserve duty for 12 years. He held various positions in Kansas University's Office of Academic Affairs from 1970 to 1993 including assistant and associate vice chancellor, acting dean of continuing education, director of summer session, acting vice chancellor for academic affairs and executive director of the Mid-America State Universities Assn. He established off-campus educational centers in Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita including the Regents Center in Johnson County, the forerunner of the Edwards Campus.He was the chair of many university boards and committees including the Kansas University North Central Review Committee in 1980. He was coordinator of research and educational programs between Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University from 1971 to 1993. He was a consultant to numerous tribes on Indian education and authored primary papers on their behalf. He also authored presentations regarding educational measurement and evaluations of Kansas colleges and universities.Mr. Hutchison performed vocal chamber music in Voci di Camera, folk and barbershop medleys with the Antiquaires, was an initial board member of the Lawrence Friends of Music and Lawrence Civic Symphony, served on the Lawrence School-Community Relations Council and was a deacon at First Presbyterian Church and Plymouth Congregational Church. He also directed youth choirs at First Presbyterian Church in Topeka from 1958 to 1965.He married Janis Brown in 1955 in Topeka. They divorced in 1984. She survives, of Lawrence. He later married Ellen Swing. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a son, Jeffrey E., Lawrence; four daughters, Jamie Kennedy and husband, Kris, and Julia Martin, all of Wichita, Kan., Susan Stocker and husband, Eric, Jasper, Ga., and Jennifer Purvis and husband, Neal, Lawrence; a brother, Ned A., Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Monna Lee Trusdale, Topeka; stepsons Robert W. Dice, Bethel, Ohio, and Eric J. Dice, North Port, Fla.; five grandchildren, Adam, Sean, Katherine, Emily and Courtney; and two stepgrandchildren, Alexander and Madison.The family suggests memorials to Four Seasons Hospice, sent in care of Tina Gentry, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.