Dr. Preston R. Cutler, M.D., age 79, thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, passed away October 28, 1990 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born February 3, 1911 in Hyrum, Utah to Dr. Frank H. and Margaret Sparks Cutler. Married Virginia Adams Wiggill on August 28, 1941 and later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.Dr. Cutler obtained his BA degree from the University of Utah and his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1942. He completed six years of post-graduate training in general and thoracic-cardiovascular surgery on the divided University of Maryland-John Hopkins University surgical service at the Baltimore City Hospitals, Baltimore, Maryland. During his post-graduate training in Baltimore, he was appointed as clinical assistant in surgery on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He returned to Salt Lake City in 1948 and became associated with the late Dr. William R. Rumel in the pioneering practice of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in the intermountain area. He, in conjunction with Dr. Rumel, perfomed the first closed-heart and major vascular operations in the intermountain area for several years. He also, in conjunction with Dr. Rumel, was instrumental in establishing a Division of Thoracic-Cardiovascular Surgery at the LDS Hospital, as well as introducing the concept of an intensive-care unit of the division. His major hospital affiliations were the LDS Hospital and Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He was appointed by Governor Cal Rampton to serve on the original Air Conservation Committee serving for five years. For many years he held an appointment of assistant professor of surgery with University of Utah School of Medicine. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the Board of Thoracic Surgery. He was a founding member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Samson Thoracic Surgical Society. He was a member of the prestigious American Association for Thoracic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and American College of Angiology. He was a member of the American Trudeau Society, National and Utah Tuberculosis Associations, A.M.A., Utah State Medical Association, Salt Lake County Medical Society, and Utah Heart Association. He served as past governor of the Utah Chapter of the American College of Chest Physicians and is a past president of the Salt Lake Surgical Society. He was a member of the Elders Quorum, Monument Park Ninth Ward of the LDS Church. His major avocational interest for many years involved the raising and exhibiting of good horses. He served for several years as a director of the Utah Horse Show Association.
Survived by wife, Virginia; son, Preston R. Cutler, Jr., Sandy; Scott Cutler of Salt Lake City; and a daughter, Mrs. Dale R. (Terri) Rickford of Draper; six grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Rowland H. (Margaret) Merrill of Salt Lake City.
Funeral service Friday, November 2, 1990 at 12 noon, Monument Park 9th Ward Chapel, 1565 Foothill Dr. Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and at the church Friday, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Deseret Research Foundation at the LDS Hospital, 8th Avenue and C Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103.
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