Thomas Augustus Hutto

Dr. Thomas Hutto, botanist, educator, poet, and outdoorsman passed away on Nov. 12, 2018, at his home in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia.  

Tom was born to James and Lila Hutto on Aug. 10, 1932, in Lafayette, Georgia.  A graduate of Truett McConnell and the University of Georgia, he received his Ph.D. from Ohio University. He served in the Army (1950s) and in the Naval Reserves (1960s). Tom and his wife Lark Dixon Hutto retired to their home at the base of Mount Yonah in 1997.

Tom taught biology at both the secondary and post-secondary level. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Biology from West Virginia State College, an historically black public university, after 31 years of service.  He helped the college transition through a period of academic change and unrest. The Thomas A. Hutto Award, given to a distinguished graduating biology major, was created in his name to honor the monumental impact he had as department chair, educator, counselor, and mentor to the students and faculty of the Department of Biology and West Virginia State.  

He was a keen observer of nature and a conservationist from an early age.  Known as an engaging speaker and excellent writer, he wrote articles for an outdoor magazine and when a member of the Georgia Poetry Society published a book of his poems. He wrote opinion pieces for the local newspaper. He was also an officer and newsletter editor for the White County Democratic Party.

Tom was passionate about social and environmental justice.  He served on task forces for clean air and water and sane nuclear policy, emphasizing the important connection between the natural sciences and humanity's survival.  

Tom leaves behind his wife, Lark Dixon Hutto; sons, David, Daniel, and Donald; grandchildren, Erin, Rachel, Sarah; great granddaughter, Brooklyn; sisters, Jimmie Ann (Richard) Tinius of Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, Martha Sue Binner of Huntsville, Alabama; and 21 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son, Douglas, and grandson, Jared. 

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at the Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church at 439 S. Park Street in Dahlonega, Georgia. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Thomas and Lark Hutto Scholarship, mail to WVSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Institute, WV 25112, Alzheimer's Research Foundation, or a charity of your choice. 

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