DR. STANLEY MARK CUTLER
1955 - 2021
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DR. STANLEY MARK CUTLER Dr. Stanley "Stan" Mark Cutler of Wilmington, NC died suddenly on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the age of 66. He was born January 3rd, 1955 in Cheltenham, PA to the late Dr. Irving Cutler and Evelyn Gold Cutler. He is survived by his beloved wife Geri Cutler and his children Joshua Cutler of Houston TX, Shoshannah Cutler of New York City, Jeffrey Brick of Los Angeles, Jennifer Murtazashvili of Pittsburgh (and her Husband Ilia and their four children Leo, Zoe, Eve and Max) and Julie Brick of Pittsburgh. He is also survived by his sisters Shelley Cutler and Joanne Lytle. He leaves behind his best friends, his two dogs Muffin and Moshie, a history of the best dad jokes and puns known to man, and a closet full of the world's best sweater vests and ties. Stanley grew up in Cheltenham, PA just outside of Philadelphia attending Cheltenham High School. He had a vibrant childhood; his early joys were playing Tennis, where he competed in double State Championships while also delighting the country club community with tennis lessons, sharing his expertise and skills. Stan also had a strong affinity for musical instruments, his primary being the piano where he reached a high level of skill, performing famous pieces by Chopin, Joplin, Mozart, Beethoven and more. Never being satisfied with just one, he also played folk music on guitar and accordion, even going so far as joining a Polish folk where he participated in professional live performances. Although you might have recognized him as a clean-cut professional doctor, in his high school and college years he sported long flowing black hair, a full goatee and a smirk that matched his witty sense of humor. Stan graduated from Swarthmore College in 1976 year with a degree in Math Linguistics, which was a "Stanley Original" because Swarthmore allows free spirits to chart their own original majors. Unsure whether or not he'd go into medicine, he devised his own course work that reflected his natural talents in music, mathematics and linguistics, all of which laid the foundation for a successful medical career. Stan could be found cruising to class on his unicycle, where one of his favorite pranks was to pretend to read a book while approaching a flight of stairs, where he would eagerly await the gasps of onlooking students whereafter he would gracefully glide smoothly down the stairs. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine (MD) before pursuing a Family Practice Internship and Residency at Grant Hospital and Fellowship at the Ohio State University (OSU Residency). He obtained a Fellowship in geriatrics from Ohio State University doing field work at heritage house in Columbus in Bexley, OH where he met his beloved wife, Geri. He met his Geri, doing Geriatrics. During his fellowship he devised a curriculum in Geriatrics and Gerontology for Family Practice Residents. Stan's approach to medicine was firmly cemented early in his career. He was faithfully devoted to his patients above all else - this was evident in his curriculum introduction: "Making a commitment to help a sick person and being responsible to see that the help needed is received is fundamentally different than treating a disease or ruling in or out the presence of a particular disease of a particular organ system. The human element is greatest in the role of the Family Physician and similarly one expects compassion, humanism and caring to be the qualities par excellence of the family physician. A geriatrics curriculum should nurture these qualities." And during his many years of practice, he followed through with nurturing these qualities in himself. In 1986, Stan and Geri moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he started practice at Mercy Hospital before transitioning to the role of Medical Director at a sizeable geriatric organization, St. Barnabas of Gibsonia, PA. He learned to love the city of Black and Gold (even though it was the rival to his birthplace of Philadelphia), and the Pittsburgh Steelers and all their glory for the next 22 years of his career. In 2008, Stan and Geri moved to Wilmington, NC where Stan joined Dr. Mary Rudyk at Senior Health Associates with focus on providing outstanding care and compassion for the geriatric population in the area. He helped transform the medical care of patients at New Hanover Regional Medical Center as the Chairman of Family Medicine for the hospital. He worked tirelessly to ensure his patients had the best care while providing careful attention to details, compassion, and comfort. He was kind, respectful of all, encouraging to his colleagues, and always wanted to provide a joke or smile to his patients before leaving an exam room. He adored his patients and staff, treating them as family, and many would say the same of him. He was an attending physician at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Accordius Heath of Wilmington, and Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Wallace, NC. He placed no limit on the time he spent with patients, as they were the focus of his attention. He took the oath to treat the ill to the best of his ability. He enhanced and extended life to so many and truly wanted to make a difference in the care of the geriatric population. This was his life's calling to benefit the sick and those in need. He was a dedicated father and had love and loyalty for his wife and a shared passion for their travels. One of their favorite trips was to the Galapagos Islands in 2016 where he got to see the giant turtles, his wife's nickname for him was "the turtle doc." Throughout his life he embraced culture and learning new languages, which enhanced his ability to care for all people. He felt that by engaging people in their native languages and customs he could express universal empathy and friendship - he wasn't just a tourist passing through. Traveling around the world provided him regeneration when needed and he was always extremely excited to share pictures and stories upon his return. Stanley had a passion for coffees and teas, with a robust collection of French press and artisan coffee machines, tea pots and espresso makers in his home. He has more coffee machines and methods to make coffee than one might find in their local Starbucks. Starting the day with a perfect cup set the day in motion, and with the right start, any day could become a spectacular day. Stan's house is full of tiny note cards. Whenever he met someone he would write down conversation notes to make sure he could send a sweet card, a text with a good dad joke, or have something personal to help him connect when you'd meet him again. Well, our dearest Stanley, while we will never meet again in person, we will always take note of all the amazing things you taught us and passed on to us. We will miss your FaceTimes, small texts, and most of all - your jokes. We will miss spending time together drinking the perfect cup of coffee, receiving thoughtful cards and newspaper clippings, and warm hugs. We regret all of things you will not be able to see but know that you are there with us while we continue on without you. We love you forever, Stan the Man. We will be thinking of you always. A private memorial service will be held via Zoom on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 7PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation at 2001 S 17th St. Wilmington, NC 28401. The Cutler family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Mary Rudyk for her partnership, friendship, and guidance to improve healthcare in Wilmington over the past 12 years. To all the staff at Senior Health Center, New Hanover Regional Health Care, Accordius Health of Wilmington, and the Brian Center, we share the loss you feel and thank you for being his family away from home.

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Published in Wilmington Star-News on Jan. 17, 2021.
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March 15, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Thank you Geri for letting me know about passing away of Dr. Stan Cutler. We worked together covering for Nursing Homes and UPMC Passavant Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Stan had a great sense of humor and one has to know him personally to appreciate it. We will miss him deeply. Jose George, M.D
JOSE P GEORGE
Coworker
January 23, 2021

Geri and Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences.
Stan was an outstanding physician, a marvelous mentor, a wonderful colleague for almost a decade, and a cherished friend. I learned so very much from Stan - obscure medical facts to the "real art" of medicine. His compassion and empathy were genuine, his knowledge was extensive, and his patience was a true gift.
You were his whole world and he loved talking (and bragging ) about all of you and your accomplishements.
May your wonderful memories sustain you.
Mary Catherine Dillon DO
Friend
January 22, 2021
Geri, I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute. God rest his soul and grant you comfort.
Katie Takach Tomazoli
Friend
January 22, 2021
Dr. Cutler was the Doctor for my Mother, Carol. He was a gift from GOD. He gave her exceptional care, as well as respected me as her daughter & caregiver. His dry sense of humor enlightened oir visits. I am deeply saddened by his sudden passing :( He was a gift to his patients . I feel honored to be in his life. His dedication and his support will be greatly missed. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING you did for me & Carol, Stanley!! We love you!!
Heidi Schmader
Friend
January 22, 2021
Prayers to all from The Bertoni Family
Dan Bertoni
Coworker
January 22, 2021
Geri and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Stanley. This was a beautiful memorial for a very special caring man. I am keeping all of you in my prayers.
Chris and Frank Zurek
Chris Zurek
Family
January 19, 2021
Words of comfort for times like this don't really exist, but please accept my deepest sympathy.

I worked and was friends with Geri for years before working at St. Barnabas with Stan. After 6 years I went in a different direction although our paths crossed occasionally until they left the area. I learned of Stan's passing from long-time friends also formerly from St. Barnabas, Jan Dietrich, RN and her daughter Meredith Fraser, RN. Both asked me to convey their sympathy along with my own.

Sincerely,
Arlene Handmaker
Arlene Handmaker
Friend
January 18, 2021
My sincere sympathy to Stan’s wife and family. I was saddened to hear the news of his passing. The obituary is a lovely tribute. I worked with Stan for most of the 1990s at St Barnabas. He was a good listener and good doctor. I learned things from Stan that I carried throughout my career.
John Donatelli MD
Coworker
January 18, 2021
I had the pleasure to work with Dr. Cutler for 5 years. He was a joy to round with. I looked forward to our coffee, tea and cookie session before he rounded. My sympathies go out to his family. You were his pride and joy!
Becky Charles Hoskinson
Coworker
January 18, 2021
Dr.Cutler was a good doctor.He with a real character at times. He made people smile. I just want to say he will be missed and say to his wife I'm very sorry for your loss Jerry I know what you're going through I've been there and done it so if you need to talk I'm here.
Deanna Meckley
Friend
January 18, 2021
Community Home Care & Hospice of Clinton enjoyed the collobaration we shared with Dr. Cutler at Brian Center of Wallace. He was truly a great Medical Director.
Rhonda Lanier
Coworker
January 18, 2021
I always told him, he was the best doctor in the world.
Olivia J Thames
Coworker
January 18, 2021
Dr Cutler was a kind man with such a wry sense of humor. I worked with him when he attended at Autumn Care and he introduced me to eating fresh figs. He will be missed by many. My condolences to his family.
Sheila Davis
January 18, 2021
DR. Cutler was the best decision I made for my mother. I have no doubt that he did extend her life. He always said less was best when it came to medication. He was comforting and really listened to you. He was everything a great doctor should be.
Robin Law
January 18, 2021
I first worked with Dr. Cutler when he joined Senior Health Associates. I them moved over to NHRMC where I got to continue working with Dr. Cutler in a different capacity. He always brought jokes with him when he came through the office and occasionally a treat made by Geri. I did not work with him in patient care, but in an administrative type role. He was always very thorough and meticulous in his work to include vetting new family medicine physicians for the NHRMC medical staff and re-vamping the privileges for the department. He was a joy to work with and he will be truly missed. Condolences to Geri, the kids, and fur-babies.
Danette Babson
Coworker
January 18, 2021
Of the many physicians I have worked with in my 30 years of nursing he was one of the best and brightest. My sincerest condolences to Geri and your entire family.

Cheryl Boisvert
January 18, 2021
I loved Dr. Culer's dry wit and, sly smirk. He always had the answer, I was blessed to have worked with him, he will be missed by many. I offer up prayers for Geri and, the family during this rough time.
Maureen Goforth Wilmington Health and, Rehab
January 18, 2021
I worked with Dr. Cutler for Senior Health Associates from 2013-2015. It was my first job as a Physician Assistant. Dr. Cutler always took time to help and educate me when I had questions and I appreciated his time and patience . I also enjoyed his quirky nature and sense of wonderful sense humor! He will be greatly missed.
Jackie Sartorius
Coworker
January 17, 2021
Dr Cutler will be missed one of my favorite things about him was talking about travels and of course how my children were doing especially my children that were embarking into the medical field. I always told him that I loved that he had a distinguished style and I always loved his sweater vests. We always talked about how I would dress my sons up this way we had many conversations about the field of medicine and he was always a wealth of knowledge for me. My condolences to the family please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Tara Webb Russ (NHRMC)
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