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Winter 2017 (January 30, 2017 at 8:00 am)

Professor of Biology John Lutz


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January 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

[W17] John Lutz
Photo from: Beloit College Archives

John Lutz, professor emeritus of biology, died Feb. 28, 2016, in Vancouver, Wash., at age 88. He and his wife, Ann, had moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2013 to follow several of their children.

John chaired the biology department at Beloit, but his passion was for teaching and mentoring students, which he did over a 25-year tenure, from 1965 to 1990.

In Beloit’s biology department, he pioneered the audio tutorial dissection labs and illustrated and wrote dissection manuals that were used in audio labs across the United States in the 1970s. He was the driving force behind bringing the first electron microscope to Beloit and had it installed next to his office in what was then the new Chamberlin Hall science building. He worked with Rush University in Chicago to establish a program for Beloit students to do their first two years at Beloit and finish at Rush with a B.S. degree in nursing. He mentored countless students on their journeys to medical school, pharmacology doctorates, vet school, park management, and Ph.D. programs.

John was a graduate of Yale and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army during World War II.

Throughout his life, he took great joy in the accomplishments of his former students and enjoyed staying connected to them. He attended his last “Beloiters Unite” event in Portland, Ore., in 2014.

Among the survivors are John’s wife, Ann, and four children, including Kathy Lutz Garvey’75.

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