Dr. Gerald W. Sutherland
1929 - 2021
Reeb Funeral Home
5712 North Main Street
Sylvania, OH
(News story) Dr. Gerald W. Sutherland, a prominent Toledo-area orthopedic surgeon who specialized in sports medicine and joint replacement, died Thursday in his Holland home. He was 91.

He died of a pulmonary embolism, his son Gary Sutherland said.

Dr. Sutherland retired from active medical practice in 2007 after 43 years in Toledo and Sylvania.

"He loved being an orthopedic surgeon. It was his calling," Mr. Sutherland said.

From 1979 to 1986, Dr. Sutherland was the chairman of the orthopedics department at what then was the Toledo Hospital, where he also chaired the surgery department from 1989 to 1991.

Dr. Sutherland also taught orthopedic surgery at the former Medical College of Ohio from 1980, when he started as an associate professor, until 2007, when he retired as a clinical professor. He then taught part-time for a few years.

Additionally, he was a medical consultant for area sports teams, including the former Toledo Goaldiggers hockey team in the 1970s and the Toledo Mud Hens in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was a team physician for the Hillsdale College varsity hockey team from 1973 to 1978 and the orthopedic consultant to the Bowling Green State University athletics department from 1964 until about 2000.

In 2009, Dr. Sutherland received a 50-year Ohio State Medical Association Award in honor of his 50th anniversary of graduation from medical school.

He never retired completely.

Most recently, he was a medical adviser at the Stroke Life Center in Toledo for about five years until he died.

Mr. Sutherland said he remembers seeing his father's former patients come up to him and thank him for "his excellent care" every time the two of them went out together to sports games or restaurants.

"He was dedicated and loyal to his patients," he said. "He would sit down with them after surgery and talk to them however long it was needed."

Known for his "wonderful" bedside manner, Dr. Sutherland taught his residents how to talk to their patients and listen to them "with respect," his son said.

Dr. Sutherland is quoted in a Jan. 2, 1982, Blade story detailing how the physician brought traditional Scottish New Year's greetings to his patients by donning his kilt and setting out to visit them at the Toledo Hospital, where he offered them a little Scotch whisky.

Born in the United States of Canadian parents who had a Scottish background, he was a former officer in the Canadian army and thus was automatically a member of the Clan Stewart and entitled to wear the Royal Stewart tartan.

A self-described "hard-working, hairy-legged Highland man," he told The Blade his efforts were intended to brighten the faces of patients whose spirits may have been depressed because they were hospitalized for the holiday.

"If you can make them smile, it's worth it," he said.

His professional memberships included the Orthopaedic Guild and the Ohio Orthopaedic Society; he served as a past chairman of both. He was also a fellow at the American College of Surgeons.

In his free time, he enjoyed volunteering.

Dr. Sutherland was instrumental in establishing Sylvania Metro Amateur Hockey League in the early-1970s and was a founding member of the Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter sports complex.

He was especially proud of being a past member of the board of advisers at Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, a New York-headquartered national nonprofit founded by Retired Army Col. David Sutherland, another of his three sons, Gary Sutherland said.

Dr. Sutherland was a past chairman of the board of directors of AAA Northwest Ohio.

He was born July 10, 1929, in Detroit to Canadian parents who shortly thereafter took him to Canada.

In 1948, he finished Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto and then attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, first in his class. While in college, he played center and linebacker for the university's Varsity Blues football team.

Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Dragoons and then served at different times in Germany and Canada until his honorable discharge in 1954 with the rank of captain.

Later that year, he returned to Canada and married Nora Johns.

With her encouragement, his son said, Dr. Sutherland then attended University of Toronto Medical School, graduating in 1958.

He later completed his internship at the Toledo Hospital in 1959 and then did his residency at multiple hospitals in Toronto, completing the program in 1964 at the Hospital for Sick Children before moving to Toledo.

In 1979, he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen and later became a member of the American Legion.

Over the years, he enjoyed skiing and and golfing and was an avid sports fan.

Along with his wife of 66 years, surviving are his daughter, Noralyn Sutherland; sons, Gary, David, and Robert Sutherland; 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be private. Arrangements are by Reeb Funeral Home.

The family suggests tributes to Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services in New York.

This is a news story by Mike Sigov. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @mikesigovblade.
Published by The Blade on Mar. 22, 2021.
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It's already 2021 & we lost another really good person this year, Dr Gerald Sutherland MD, Orthopedic Surgeon & Professor which brought back memories of my neighbor Doc Underhill who I requested as my anesthesiologist for surgery to be in good hands with the two of them. Both were avid sportsmen. I remember one very early morning at Toledo Hospital-OR laying flat on my back awaiting shoulder surgery while Dr Underhill & Dr Sutherland were deeply involved discussing fishing! I said Doc I don't mean to interrupt, but hey, what about me? Doc smiled from ear to ear! You know his smile, & told me to count back from 100 & I made it to 99. Blake Baker
Blake Baker
August 17, 2021
My Sincere Deepest Sympathy to the Sutherland Family for such a Great Loss of such a Good, Kind, & Caring Man who is liked by so many & touched the lives of so many including myself! Doc was my orthopedic surgeon more than once by choice & was amazingly one of the very best doctors I have ever known in his cutting edge medical knowledge, skill set, expertise, surgery, & bedside manner! Before meeting Doc there were few men I knew fitting that bill, like my Father, Grandfather, Dr Underhill, The Surgeon & Director Of Orthopedics At Duke University Medical Center, & others. Doc was a very special person with a unique gifted personality that somehow just made you feel good being around him! May God Bless Doc & his Family! 1996, Linda Ellis wrote her one page titled "The Dash" Blake Baker
Blake Baker
August 16, 2021
Gary. So sorry to hear about your dad. What a great man. I've been trying to find you.
Jim Spaulding
July 3, 2021
Nora and family
Our heartfelt condolences to you and yours at this time.
Take care
Janelle Brazeau
Gabriel and Emmett Johns
Toronto, Ontario
Janelle Brazeau
April 6, 2021
He was a great guy. He always made every one around him feel great. i am proud to have known the doctor. So sorry for your loss . skip
james fitzpatrick
March 26, 2021
Sorry to hear about your dad.
Prayers for you and your family.

Howard Blakeman
Howard C Blakeman
March 25, 2021
Gary, Fran, Nora and all the family, out sincere condolences. To a life well lived! He always treated us like family, he was a great man and will be missed by all. Be strong and enjoy a lifetime of wonderful memories. Love to all, Jeff & Phyllis Karmol
Jeff Karmol
March 25, 2021
To Gary, and the entire extended Sutherland family. My condolences to you all at this difficult time. I'm certain that anyone whoever met your Dad is a better person for having known him. I specifically remember your Dad when I was playing hockey for Woodward High School as a senior. We were playing a game at Tam O'Shanter when (as a defenseman) I took a particularly hard shot in the ankle attempting to block a shot. Your Dad was called to our bench, had me remove my skate, and personally checked out my ankle to evaluate if it was broken, or not. Fortunately it wasn't. That's my story of personally meeting your Dad, on the bench at the ice rink, back in 1973. I immediately knew he was a great guy after that. May he rest in peace.
Tim Ramer
March 24, 2021
My hubby had Dr Sutherland in 1970 for a broken leg and impressed us so much with his work & bedside manner. So sorry to hear of your loss. God will see you through this & more
Sue Richie
March 24, 2021
My condolences and heartfelt prayers to his entire family. It was an honor to meet all of you. May you find peace during these difficult times. May his memory live on in the hearts of all who knew him and who’s lives he touched.
Knickcole Hartman
March 22, 2021
Gary very sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family
Scott A Singer
March 22, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the entire Sutherland family. I know that Tamo-Shanter meant a lot to him and his family. I remember he coached the Churchill Devil Dogs when I was on the team with his son David. I know that he also set my father's broken hand. And I believe he also worked on Douglas. Mrs. Sutherland, Gary, Nora Lynn, Davie and Robert you guys are in my entire family's thoughts and prayers. I think him so much for his contribution to Sylvania Hockey. It meant a lot to me then and it still does now.
Steven Kidd
March 22, 2021
Dear Noralyn, NoraMable, & family, so sorry to hear about your loss. First met Gerry at Toledo Hospital when I broke my shoulder. He was tuff on me to recover and to this day my shoulder still working fine. Again sorry for your loss.
Joel Babcock
March 22, 2021
Dr. Sutherland and his wife Nora were longtime friends of my parents, Paul and Barbara Baehren. I especially remember his kindness in treating my dad in his final years. I recall his wonderful sense of humor and big smile. Our condolences to Nora and his family.
Christine (Baehren) Barabasz
March 22, 2021
Nora, I was so sorry to hear about Gerry’s passing. He was such a great guy and good family friend. I remember meeting him when Dick Roberts called him in at midnight to due an emergency surgery on my brother-in-law, who had a broken femur from a water skiing accident. Thereafter, I was privileged to enjoy his company both socially and professionally (I even laughed at some of his jokes!). I considered him a great friend, as did my late father-in-law. Please accept our family’s deepest sympathies. I would have sent a hand written note, but am in Florida and don’t have your address, so hopefully you see this. Take care Nora. Sincerely, Dave
David Snavely
March 22, 2021
Doc, the first time we met on the golf course you looked at me and told me I was going to have to have knee surgery. I didn't know who you were and wondered what you were talking about. When I asked, you told me because I was bow-legged I would need surgery some day. As I learned later from the other guys you were an orthopedic surgeon. Thankfully to this day I have not needed it. I will miss your good nature and your jokes on the golf course. We could all learn how to accept our good shots and our bad shots on the course and off with the grace you took them. Tom from the "LEGENDS" golf league.
Thomas Bialecki
March 21, 2021
I knew Dr. Sutherland when I worked at The Toledo Hospital and I worked for Dr. John Gibbs. Dr. & Mrs. Gibbs were dear friends of Dr. & Mrs. Sutherland so I had the pleasure of knowing them well. They were such a lovely couple. Dr. Sutherland was a kind man and it was a honor to work with him and know him. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Sutherland and his family who he always spoke of with love.
Debbie McMullen
March 21, 2021
Dear Noralyn, NoraMable, & family, so sorry to hear about your dad.
Those we loved don't go away, they walk besides us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, stilled missed and very dear. during this tough time find comfort in all the great memories. So sorry we are not there with you . Much love David and Lesley
March 21, 2021
To The Sutherland Family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Dr. Sutherland.
He was a phenomenal Doctor, and a kind, courteous and caring person.
His accomplishments were many.
His kindness was genuine, he always let you know that he cared.
It was an honor to have met him. He will always be fondly remembered.
Michael Zerner
Michael Zerner
March 21, 2021
Dearest Sutherland family,
Please allow us to convey our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Gerry.
He was an incredibly gifted and generous soul, whose hearty laugh and spirit touched too many lives to count.
We were truly blessed to have known him and will continue to treasure many fond memories.
We send much love and blessings to you all at this difficult time.
The Boyles “kids”
Lauren Boyles-Brewitt
March 21, 2021
Great Guy , Great Family , Pillar of the community , He taught a lot of kids to skate and play Hockey on Ten Mile creek in Grove Bel.
He will be missed !
Steven Kenneth Alberti
March 20, 2021
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