Dr. Malcolm Armstrong Cutchins Sr.
1935 - 2021
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Opelika, AL
Dr. Malcolm Armstrong Cutchins, Sr.

March 27, 1935 - September 12, 2021

Dr. Malcolm Armstrong Cutchins, Sr., "Mac" passed away September 12 peacefully in his home, losing his long battle with congestive heart failure and going home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born in 1935 in Franklin, Virginia, he was an Eagle Scout, three sport high school athlete (captain of the basketball team) and president of the student body. Mac graduated from Virginia Tech in Civil Engineering and married Margaret Garwood in 1954.

After two Air Force engineering assignments and working at Lockheed, he returned to Virginia Tech and earned his PhD in Engineering Mechanics. Auburn then recruited Mac where he taught in the Aerospace Engineering Department from 1966 until 1999. During his illustrious teaching career at Auburn University, he performed research for NASA and the National Science Foundation among others, served as National President of Sigma Gamma Tau (national honor society for Aerospace Engineering), initiated 1000 members into ODK (National Leadership Honorary) as Faculty Secretary, and won many technical and teaching awards. He also served on Auburn's Graduate Council, the Athletic Committee and the Honors Council. Mac frequently became close with his graduate aerospace students and some became future astronauts.

After Margaret, his beloved wife of 44 years passed away, he married Luanne Mount and they were married 12 years before she succumbed to cancer. Mac then married his current wife, June Paterson, who has lovingly cared for him throughout these last few years.

Mac loved woodworking, playing golf, spending time with family, and most of all, Auburn sports. Mac had football season tickets for 53 years, rarely missing a game. Mac also enjoyed his lunchtime basketball games with fellow faculty, playing into his 76th year (his engineering brain calculated that he played over 16,000 games). Mac also served on the Founder's Board of Lee-Scott Academy.

Mac was also a writer, contributing over 860 Op/Eds in a conservative column for this newspaper. Additionally, he published a chapter in the book, "The God Factor: 50 Scientists and Academics Explain why They Believe in God."

While in Auburn, he served as a Deacon at Lakeview Baptist Church in the late 60's, and later was an Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), where he taught the college class for 20 years. He served as an Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Opelika. In 2011, he joined Eastwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Montgomery. In recent years, he and June have attended the PCA church plant here in Auburn, Christ Presbyterian.

Survivors include his wife of more than 9 years, June Paterson Cutchins, two sons: Malcolm Armstrong Cutchins, Jr. of North Bend, Washington, Kelly MacLean Cutchins (Lynn) of Roswell, Georgia; a daughter, Leigh Ann Pierce (Jerry) of Elizabethtown, KY, and a step-daughter Charlotte Paterson Kennedy. Survivors also include 7 grandchildren; Benjamin Scout Pierce, Daniel Joseph Pierce, Samuel James Pierce, Thomas Bradley Pierce, Clinton Douglas Cutchins (Layne), Andrew Charles Cutchins, Courtney Eryn Cutchins, and a step-grandson Colin Kennedy. A daughter-in-law (Pat Kjar) resides in Hilton Head, SC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to Eastwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Montgomery; or the "Malcolm Armstrong & Margaret Virginia Garwood & family" endowed scholarship in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University, (36849), or to the Aerospace Engineering Department at Auburn University.

Condolences may be shared on the Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home website. The family will hold a private graveside service in Franklin, Virginia.

Published by The Opelika-Auburn News on Sep. 15, 2021.
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One of the most personable and caring professors at AU! Dr Cutchin's famous extra credit questions were indicative of this "Auburn Man"--ex: "How many total points were scored in the AU vs UAB men's basketball game on Monday?"
Dale Colter (AE, 1985)
September 16, 2021
As President of the Lee-Scott Founders Board i want the family to know what a valued member of the Lee-Scott Famikt Dr. Cutchins was. His contribution to Lee Academy and then to be a part of the Founders Board of Lee-Scott Academy was a blessing to all of us that were fortunate to work with him. What a man of God and Family. We were also Blessed to have known him!!
David Scott
September 16, 2021
He and John are now together experiencing the unveiled reality of Christ and all they loved to study about His creation. Ask, and you will receive His tender comfort in your grief. Praying for you!
Jeanne Burkhalter
September 16, 2021
I first met Mac when I was a sophomore at Auburn when I was in one of his Dynamics classes. I had many more classes with Dr. Cutchins over the years and enjoyed them all! He was a man of integrity and one of the most passionate teachers I have ever known! His love of teaching came through in every discussion that I had with him over the last 45 years!
Walter Rutledge
September 15, 2021
Dr. Cutchins was an inspiration to me & my husband. I worked in Aerospace Engineering as Dr. Brian Thurow´s Assistant. During this time I was responsible for planning our department Christmas Party! He & Mrs. Cutchins´s offered to host the party! We were all so tickled that they shared their home with our department. He told me one thing though.....It will be called A CHRISTMAS PARTY....Not a Holiday Party! I said yes sir and reworded the invitation! He stood his ground for his Lord & Savior and I will never forget that about him! Mrs. June, our hearts break for you and the rest of the family!
Prissy & Wes Goodson
September 15, 2021
I was an AE student in the mid-70s and enjoyed Mac's classes. That he loved teaching was obvious, and he had a love for the Lord which also meant a lot to me, a brother in Christ.
Robert Malseed
September 15, 2021
I had Dr. Cutchins as a professor in the 1980's and always appreciated his kindness. His enjoyment of teaching and sharing his knowledge and experience made class fun.
Joan Waldrop
September 15, 2021
My thoughts go to Mac as a colleague during my years on the AU Faculty
Mario Innocenti
September 15, 2021
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