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Richard T. Louttit

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Richard T. Louttit Obituary
Richard T. Louttit, 85, passed away on August 29, 2018, at the Health Center at Westminster, in St Augustine, FL.
He was born on December 5, 1932, in Bloomington, IN , to Chauncey M. and Laura T. Louttit, the second of two sons.
Dr. Louttit attended DePauw University, Greencastle IN from 1950 to 1954, where he majored in Psychology. Immediately after graduation he married Carolyn Mae Creviston and attended the US Navy's Officer Candidate School. He was assigned to the Combat Information Center School for further training and was ordered to VAW 11, a carrier –based airborne early warning squadron based in San Diego. He was then assigned to a detachment on board the USS Yorktown.
After military service he enrolled for graduate study in Psychology at the University of Michigan where he received his PhD in 1961. He then accepted a position at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton CA, where he taught and ran a small research program. During that time he applied for and was accepted to the National Institutes of Health grants associate program which prepared academics to become extramural staff. After completing the program he accepted a position in the Research Grants Branch, National Institutes of Mental Health, where he developed a program in brain function and behavior. He later became Chief of the Behavioral Sciences Branch.
From 1970 to 1975 he served as Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1975, he was asked to serve on the staff of the President's Biomedical Research Panel which had been formed by President Ford's Administration to examine and make recommendations about the programs of NIH and the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration. He was later promoted to Staff Director.
In 1976 he was asked by Dick Atkinson, Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to take a position as Division Director for Behavioral and Neural Sciences. He remained in this position for 16 years until his retirement in December 1993.
He retired to a home he and his wife had built themselves outside of Winchester VA, and spent additional time at a second home in Palm Coast FL.
After the death of his first wife in January 1997, he continued to work his sculpture, wood carving and pottery and remarried Eugenie (Jennie) P. Wedyck in November 1999. He and Jennie led full lives together, traveling extensively, and volunteering, including at a favorite; Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.
He leaves behind his loving wife Jennie, a son Robert Scofield Louttit (Lisa), of Portsmouth, NH, a daughter Cathy Louttit McDonald (Robby), of Union Hall, VA; three grandsons, Kevin Talcott Louttit (Hollie), of Duxbury, MA, Michael Scott McDonald (Rachel), of Holly Springs, NC, and Stephen Jeffrey McDonald, of Union Hall, VA; one granddaughter Kathryn Marie Louttit, of Providence, RI; and three great-grandsons, Christian Alexander Louttit, Connor David Louttit and Mason Carter McDonald. He is also survived by his brother Robert Irving Louttit (Anne), of Arden, NC, and several nieces and nephews. He was also beloved by Jennie's children, Lisa Austen Jaggard, Mark Wedyck, Paul Wedyck, Greg Wedyck, and their families. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Mae and by his grandson David Gorman Louttit.
The family requests memorial donations be made to a or to Community Hospice, St. Augustine FL.
St Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in St. Augustine Record on Sept. 8, 2018
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