Sunday, December 16, 2001

Obituary: Kenneth G. Lutterman - Class of 1947

POTOMAC, MD. - Kenneth G. Lutterman, age 72, of Potomac, Md., died unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2001, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Born in Blackhawk, Wis., he moved to Madison with his family in 1942. He was a 1947 graduate of Madison Central High School. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1952 he married Jean Leonard, whom he met at the campus Lutheran Student Association while she was working on a graduate degree in piano performance. After teaching at St. Olaf College, he returned to UW as a postdoctoral fellow in 1962, and afterwards held an appointment as an assistant professor of sociology at the university. In 1968 he joined the staff of the National Institute of Mental Health and had a distinguished career during his 31 years of service there. He was an associate director of services and intervention research, and he was well known for his advocacy of social work research. He was also noted for making research opportunities available to benefit minority populations, and he was dedicated to efforts to provide better services for the people of South Africa, who had suffered under apartheid. His many honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association and the CSWE President's Award for contributions to the development of research in social work. After his retirement from NIMH in 1999, he became assistant dean for research at the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Ann Lutterman-Aguilar (German) of Cuernavaca, Mexico; and sons, John of El Cerrito, Calif., Ted (Susan) of Potomac, Md., and Mark (Sharon) of Minneapolis, Minn. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Ken Lutterman scholarship fund at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, 1080 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, or to the Amy Biehl Foundation (to support its work in South Africa), PO Box 14, La Quinta, CA 92253. Friends may send notes to Jean Lutterman, 8103 Inverness Ridge Road, Potomac, MD 20853.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 16, 2001; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

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