Frank Hutchins

Hutchins, Frank M.

Brighton: Frank Hutchins, a prominent figure in Rochester civic life for more than five decades died at Highland Hospital on December 20th at the age of 90. The cause was congestive heart failure. A life-long resident of Rochester and known and celebrated for his passionate commitment to community, Mr. Hutchins played a leadership role in numerous social and educational institutions. He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Jeanne Bahn Hutchins and his sister, Barbara Hutchins Hargrave, also of Rochester; by his four daughters, Katharine Hutchins Welling, and Virginia Hutchins Valkenburgh, both of Wilton, CT, by Patricia Hutchins Murphy of Minneapolis, and by Constance Hutchins Mills of Wellesley, MA. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and by many dear friends and colleagues. A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, his greatest joy was to be in the company of his family and friends, particularly in the Adirondack Mountains where the Hutchins have maintained a family home since 1963.

Frank McAlister Hutchins was born in Rochester on July 7, 1922, and attended Brighton schools before graduating from Philips Exeter Academy in 1941, and matriculating at Dartmouth College in the class of 1945. As for so many, his graduation was delayed by World War II, and after serving in the infantry in North Africa,in Egypt, and completing officer training at Fort Benning, GA, he returned to Dartmouth to complete his AB and to receive an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business in 1948.

Following graduation from Dartmouth, he returned to Rochester and joined the Hutchins Advertising Company. As president and CEO he grew the company to success and national stature, particularly in the market for telephone directory advertising in which Hutchins Advertising became one of the country's leading agencies. The success and growth continued through a sale to Young and Rubicam in 1977 which created Hutchins/Y&R, and ultimately a repurchase of the directory business and the creation of Hutchins/DAC Group in 1989. Frank was active in the business throughout, and a familiar figure in downtown Rochester until very recently.

As successful as he was in business, after family and faith, his priority was community service. Starting in the 1950's with the Boy Scouts, YMCA and Chamber of Commerce, Frank's life is a six decade history of the evolution of the great civic organizations in Monroe County. He had longstanding leadership involvement in scouting, the YMCA and Camp Cory, the United Way, the Eastman House and National Museum of Photography. He had a particularly deep attachment to Rochester Institute of Technology where he was a trustee, Board Chairman and trustee emeritus over a period of 40 years; and to St. Paul's Church where he was a parishioner, Vestry member and Warden over more than 50 years. Frank's unique and irrepressible energy was not given only to Rochester institutions. He was an active and engaged Dartmouth Alumnus, and received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in 1979. His passion for the Adirondacks led him to long standing support and leadership of Paul Smith's College as a trustee for 33 years, and to The Adirondack Park Visitor's Interpretive Center, and it's Institute, of which he was a founding director.

Among numerous honors and awards Frank received an honorary doctorate in Commercial Sciences from Paul Smith's College, as well as the Alexis deTocqueville Award from the United Way of Greater Rochester, and the Civic Medal for Community Service from the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Frank Hutchins lived out the life of service and quiet generosity which is the essence of Winston Churchill's famous statement; "You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give".

A memorial service of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester on January 5th at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road, Rochester, NY 14607, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623, or Paul Smith's College, Paul Smith, NY 12970.

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Dec. 23, 2012