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May 17, 2016
My memory of John goes back to when I first came to the Institute in 1980, Dean Sutton was the man to talk with if you needed anything. Having come to a art school from a university where I played sports something valuable seemed to be missing. I went to Dean Sutton and asked him if I could start a soccer team at the school, he didn't hesitate with his answer-YES! Since I was a new graduate student in a small department without athletes finding students to field a team was a challenge. John encourage me to ask every male undergraduate student if they wanted to play soccer,it worked. We fielded a team and Dean Sutton gave me funding for uniforms and soccer balls. Since we didn't have a field to practice, I asked John if he had any ideas where to practice with the team. We agreed to practice in Main 140 with a deflated soccer ball. We made so much racket one day Fred Lazarus came in to see what all the banging on his wall was about?! I told him Dean Sutton gave us the OK and we would take it easier if it was disturbing him. He smiled and went back to his office. Dean Sutton was loved then and now. A very good painter and a great advocate to have in your corner. That one team grew to many different versions including champion coed teams, playing indoor and outdoor soccer.
I'm currently Chair, Drawing & General Fine Arts at MICA and still feel the support he offered the students way back then.
May 1, 2016
Kind and welcoming, John Sutton was one of the first people who reached out to me when I began teaching at MICA in 1971. I was fresh out of college; he was a dignified, yet playful, individual of great wisdom and experience. John was one of the school's top administrators, but I doubt he ever thought of himself that way. He treated me like I was the President of the college, which is how he treated everyone at MICA.

Although a reflective, serious-minded man, John embraced and honored the "kid within," as well as in all those around him. One example: During a meeting with several faculty members in Dean Sutton's office, he said something that cracked us all up. We were hysterical. And then some! We actually turned our chairs to the wall in the hope that not seeing each other's faces would allow us to complete our business. Later, driving home I had to pull off the road several times because of the uncontrollable laughter that had stayed with me. That's the kind of world John Sutton could create--a world with staying power and of unbridled joy. I am grateful to have known him.

Barry Nemett
May 1, 2016
Kind, welcoming, and playful, John Sutton was one of the first people who reached out to me when I began teaching at MICA in 1971. I was fresh out of college; he was a dignified individual of great wisdom and experience. John was one of the school's top administrators, but I doubt he ever thought of himself that way. He treated me like I was the President of the college, which is how he treated everyone at MICA.

Although a reflective, serious-minded man, John embraced and honored the "kid within," as well as in all those around him. One example: During a meeting with several faculty members in Dean Sutton's office, he said something that cracked us all up. Ultimately we had to turn our chairs to the wall in the hope that not seeing each other's faces would allow us to complete our business. Later, driving home I had to pull off the road several times because of the uncontrollable laughter that had stayed with me. That's the kind of world John Sutton could create--a world with staying power and of unbridled joy. I am grateful to have known him.

Barry Nemett
April 24, 2016
I was extremely lucky to have John Sutton as a friend during my early years at MICA. During our many lunches, I had the pleasure of his urban grace and wit, all based on a genuine humility and soundness of judgment. He would listen patiently to my garrulous overload of youthful insecurities; and, by that, not only enabled me to me establish an equilibrium as a teacher of painting, but also helped me gain confidence as a developing young artist.True to his nature, the lovely paintings he made along the Banks of Weems Creek attest to the reach and balance of such an extraordinary sensibility.
Raoul Middleman
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