Elder Derek A. Cuthbert, 64, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and the first resident of the British Isles called to be a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Sunday, April 7, 1991, at his home.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency, announced at the conclusion of general conference Sunday that Elder Cuthbert had passed away."He has served faithfully and diligently," President Hinckley said. "He was a convert to the church in Nottingham, England, and has been true and faithful in every respect. He has filled assignments on this continent and in other areas of the world. We extend to his beloved Muriel and his family the love, sympathy and condolences of the whole church."
Church officials had mentioned Elder Cuthbert in each session of the conference, and prayers included requests to bless him and his family. A well-known church official in Great Britain before his call as a general officer in 1978, Elder Cuthbert had been ill with cancer for several months.
Elder Cuthbert, who was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1978, last addressed a general conference session on Saturday, March 31, 1990.
Speaking on "The Spirituality of Service," Elder Cuthbert said it had been discovered after the October 1989 conference that he had been stricken with cancer. In his talk, he expressed love and appreciation for prayers, blessings and loving concern in his behalf.
He expressed gratitude "for the opportunities of service - past, present and future."
In September of that year, Elder Cuthbert was called to serve as first counselor in the Sunday School general presidency, having previously served as second counselor. He was released from the Sunday School presidency during Saturday's session of general conference.
He had been second counselor in the presidency of the North America West Area.
Elder Cuthbert was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Nottingham, England, and married Muriel Olive Mason, also of Nottingham, in 1945. They were married shortly before Elder Cuthbert left for two years service with the Royal Air Force in the Far East. They have 10 children, six daughters and four sons, and several grandchildren.
After joining the church in 1951, he served as Nottingham Branch president, Leicester District and stake president, Birmingham Stake president and counselor in the London Stake presidency. His call as Leicester Stake president came 10 years after his conversion.
Later he became director and general manager of the Deseret Enterprises Ltd. store in Mitcham, England, the church's first commercial enterprise in Europe.
His love of missionary work is shown by his four stake and district missions and his service as a counselor to four mission presidents.
Since being called to the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Cuthbert has filled assignments in the British Isles, Africa, Europe, South America, Idaho and the North American Midwest and Northeast areas of the church.
His assignments at church headquarters have included the Restoration of Blessings, Correlation, Temple, Priesthood and Curriculum departments and the Boundary and Leadership Change Committee.
Following service in the Royal Air Force in India, Burma, Hong Kong and London, he graduated with honors in economics and law from the University of Nottingham in 1950. For several subsequent years, he was a member of the governing body of the university.
Elder Cuthbert was employed by British Celanese Limited in financial and commercial management, specializing in petrochemical economics until his call in 1975 as president of the Scotland Edinburgh Mission. At the time he was serving as a regional representative to the Council of the Twelve. He was called to the latter position in 1970.
Funeral services are pending.