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Henry Sturgis Grew Cutter
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Birth: Mar. 30, 1930
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 28, 2011
Belmont
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Henry Sturgis Grew Cutter, 81, died on Wednesday. Sept. 28, at Belmont Manor in Belmont, Mass. He had been a lifelong resident of Cambridge, Mass. The cause of death was congestive heart failure pursuant to Alzheimer's Disease. Henry Cutter was born in Boston on March 30, 1930, to the Hon. Richard Ammi Cutter and Ruth Dexter Grew Cutter, the second of three children. As a child, he attended the Shady Hill School in Cambridge. In the summers, he joined his extended family in Randolph New Hampshire, where he hiked in the White Mountains and spent time with his siblings and cousins. He completed his secondary education at Noble and Greenough and attended Harvard, graduating with the class of 1952. He completed his doctorate in Personality and Social Psychology at Boston University in 1962. He worked until his retirement in 1989 at the Veteran's Administration hospital in Brockton, where he researched the nature of substance abuse. Following his official retirement he continued to assist in various research projects until 1997. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Brandeis University in the School of Public Policy. One of the major accomplishments of his career was a research program which investigated the relationship between pain perception and alcohol consumption. Over a series of studies, Cutter and his colleagues found that after taking a drink, alcoholic drinkers experienced less pain while submersing their hand in ice water, while normal drinkers did not experience this possibly dubious benefit. In a particularly ingenious follow up study, Cutter devised a placebo drink (a fake yet convincing gin and tonic) and found that the placebo did not have the same effect on the alcoholic drinkers, providing substantial support for the medical theory of alcoholism. Henry Cutter married Constance Perry Gates, on May 28, 1960. Their passionate and ever-evolving partnership encompassed multiple spheres, from child-rearing, common professional interests, spirituality and their profound concern for peace and social justice. In the mid-seventies, Henry Cutter took up running as a means to manage his weight and blood pressure. In his typically thorough and enthusiastic fashion, he began running on a daily basis. He joined with other men in his neighborhood in an informal running group that maintained close ties and supported one another through life transitions. He completed two marathons. Henry Cutter was a progressive and forward-thinking individual. Before it became fashionable, he was the kind of father who got up in the middle of the night to change diapers and bring the baby in to be nursed. He was also an outstanding cook. He marched for peace against the Vietnam war. Following the 2001 terrorist attacks, he became convinced that the only way to prevent another such tragedy was to address the underlying issues, and became a member of the First Parish Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East. In 2002 he was part of a delegation to Israel/Palestine where he witnessed for himself the conditions in the occupied territories and met with religious leaders and non-governmental organizations. Having seen his mother decline under the devastating onslaught of Alzheimer's disease, Cutter recognized early on that he was experiencing memory loss and sought professional help. He determined to do what he could to fight the encroachment of the disease, and to plan ahead for the time when he would be unable to make decisions for himself. He was active with the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts and spoke at their annual meeting in 2006. In 2009 he moved into Belmont Manor, a nursing home, where he charmed staff and residents alike with his kind manners and sense of humor. Henry Cutter is survived by his wife, Constance Gates Cutter of Cambridge; his daughter, Jane Norton Cutter of Seattle, and her husband, Andrew Freeman; his son Nathaniel Appleton Cutter of Medford and his wife Teresa Salvato; and his daughter Rebecca Perry Cutter of Los Angeles and her husband Ben Bell. He is also survived by three grand-daughters, Rachel Cutter Freeman of Seattle, Zoe Grace Cutter of Medford and Frances Perry Bell of Los Angeles. His older brother Louis Cutter of Brunswick Maine and his sister Helen MacLennan of London, U.K also survive him, as do numerous and beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. A memorial service will take place Sat., Oct. 15 at 4:00 PM at First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 Church St, Cambridge MA 02138 officiated by the Reverend Fred Small. The service will be followed immediately by a reception in the Church Parlor. In lieu of flowers, please make donations directly to the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts: 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472, alz.org 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Ammi Cutter (1902 - 1993)
  Ruth Dexter Grew Cutter (1902 - 1988)
 
Burial:
Durand Road Cemetery
Randolph
Coos County
New Hampshire, USA
 
Created by: Dale May
Record added: Nov 04, 2013
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Henry Sturgis Grew Cutter
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