GUTTERSON, Herbert Lindsley, Jr. 97, of Yarmouth Port, MA, died Friday, January 11, 2013 at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, MA. He was the husband of Dora D. P. "Dorrit" (Becker) Gutterson for 64 years. Born in New Rochelle, NY, Herbert was educated at Rye Country Day School, The Choate School and Williams College. He was an English teacher, track coach and dormitory master at Choate, which merged with Rosemary Hall in 1971, in Wallingford, CT for 30 years. He was Chair of the English Department from 1966 to 1970 and initiated the English electives program in 1969. He was a strong believer in coeducation at Choate, and resigned as the English Department chair in 1970 so that his successor could gain experience and be fully prepared for female students when they arrived in 1971. He said that then he would "be able to concentrate on teaching, a job you never learn." As for coeducation, he wrote in 1967, "I am convinced it is the way of the future and our most exciting challenge ... I think we should as soon as possible try to persuade a top-notch, well-established girls' school to relocate here." From 1977 to his retirement in 1980, he held the Independence Foundation Chair, the highest honor paid a faculty member by the Trustees. He was also the author of a novel, "The Last Autumn", published in 1958 by William Morrow. Herbert was a member of the Siasconset Casino Association, the Sankaty Head Golf Club, the Sconset Chapel in Siasconset, MA and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wallingford, CT. He served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In addition to his wife, Herbert is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Eric N. and Elizabeth B. Gutterson of Westwood; daughter, Dorrit C. Gutterson of South Yarmouth; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Gutterson Lynch of Dover, Caroline C. Gutterson of Boston, and C. Russell B. Gutterson of Westwood; and a nephew, Eugene C. Batchelar of Wheaton, IL. A memorial service is planned for July on Nantucket. Donations may be made to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation, 57 Prospect St, Nantucket MA 02554

Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 20, 2013