Person:William Hutcherson (4)

Dr. William Robert Hutcherson
m. 17 Jul. 1889
  1. Fannie Lou Hutcherson1892 - 1918
  2. Lyon Burks Hutcherson1893 -
  3. Dr. John Kenneth Hutcherson1895 - 1981
  4. Dr. William Robert Hutcherson1898 - 1991
  5. James Bernard Hutcherson1900 - 1982
  6. Ida Elizabeth Hutcherson1903 - ABT 1968
  7. Cyrus Booker Hutcherson1905 - 2000
m. Aug 1924
  1. Sarah Hutcherson - 2018
Facts and Events
Name[6] Dr. William Robert Hutcherson
Alt Name[4] William Hutchinson
Alt Name[1][2] William Robert Hutcherson
Unknown[9] William R Hutcheson
Gender Male
Birth[6] 20 Dec. 1898 Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky
Residence[5] 1900 Hiseville, Barren, Kentucky, United States
Residence[4] 1910 Barren, Kentucky, United States
Residence[7] 1917 Glasgow, Barren, Kentucky, United States
Graduation[8] 1918 Glasgow, Barren, Kentucky, United StatesGlasgow High School
Military[7] Jul 1918 Plattsburgh, Clinton, New York, United StatesWent to Army Camp
Military[7] Sep 1918 Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky, United StatesActing Sargeant
Education[8] 1919 Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky, United StatesWestern Kentucky State Normal School
Education[7] 1919 Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United StatesEnrolled in Civil Engineering program at University of Kentucky
Residence[3] 1920 Barren, Kentucky, United States
Other 1921 Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United StatesMet in Economics class at the University of Kentucky
with Sally May Grainger
Graduation[8] 1922 Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United StatesA.B. from the University of Kentucky
Graduation[8] 1924 Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United StatesM.A. in Mathematics from the University of Kentucky
Occupation[8] 1924-1926 Berea, Madison, Kentucky, United StatesHead of the Department of Mathematics at the Junior High School of Berea College
Education[2] 31 May 1924 Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United StatesCandidate for Master of Arts in Mathematics, University of Kentucky
Marriage Aug 1924 to Sally May Grainger
Education[7] 1925-1929 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United StatesStudied four 11 week summer terms at the University of Chicago
Occupation[8] 1926 Berea, Madison, Kentucky, United StatesHired as Associate Professor of Mathematics at Berea College
Occupation[8] 1929 Berea, Madison, Kentucky, United StatesProfessor of Mathematics and Head of the Mathematics Department at Berea College
Residence[9] 1930 Madison, Kentucky, United States
Graduation[1] 1931 Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, United StatesPhD in Mathematics, Cornell University
Occupation[8] 1931 Ithaca (town), Tompkins, New York, United StatesFellow in Mathematics at Cornell University
Occupation[1] 3 Oct. 1935 Berea, Madison, Kentucky, United StatesHead of Department of Mathematics, Professor of Mathematics, Berea College
Occupation[7] 1941 Pennsylvania, United StatesTaught War Math at Penn State
Occupation[7] 1942 Providence, Rhode Island, United StatesSpend a sabbatical at Brown University
Occupation[7] 1948 Natchitoches, Natchitoches, Louisiana, United StatesTaught for one year
Occupation[7] 1949 Gainesville, Alachua, Florida, United StatesProfessor of Mathematics
Retirement[7] 1969
Death[6] 2 Jul. 1991 Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Florida, United StatesNursing Home

About Robert Hutcherson

William Robert Hutcherson was born in Glasgow, Kentucky on December 20, 1898 .  He was the middle of 7 children where there were 2 girls and 5 boys.  They all revered their parents and looked up to them with the utmost love and respect.    “Will”, as his mother called him, was blessed with a good logical mind and an easy going temperament and thus became known by many as the “peacemaker” of the family.  Their life was filled with hard work, lots of fun and the normal “horseplay” between energetic and rambunctious siblings…but when the Father and Mother wanted their attention they all stepped lively to their tune!     Certainly all of the Hutcherson boys were known for their dry wit and streak of “stubbornness.”  However, Sally May, his sweet wife of 58 years, often proudly stated that her Will was the least stubborn of them all…that is until his lower lip would protrude…and then all bets were off.   William Robert graduated from the Glasgow High School in January 1918 and then enrolled in Civil Engineering in 1919 at the University of Kentucky .  While there he majored in Mathematics and Physics and got his B.S. and M.A. degrees and later received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cornell in June 1931.   While at UK he was in the Reserved Officer’s Training Corps and spent a summer training at Plattsburgh Army Base in New York .  In September of 1921, he walked into his Economics class a little late…decked out in his spiffy ROTC uniform and attracting lots of attention…and had to sit in the back of the room.  Someone special happened to notice him and when he laid eyes on that pretty young thing by the name of Sally May Grainger…it was a match made in heaven. 

William Robert served as the Head of the Mathematics department for Berea College for 20 years before transferring in 1948 to teach for one year at the Northwestern State University in Louisiana before moving to the University of Florida in 1949 where he eventually became Professor Emeritus in 1970.  His specialty was Non-Euclidean Geometry and he published a total of 23 research papers while there and had 8 graduate students receive their PhD’s under him.   Perhaps he can best be described in his daily dairies which he kept throughout his life and began in 1918.  They are a testament to his well established priorities, first was his constant witness to his faith; then came his commitment to his family; and finally the satisfaction he achieved from his career of teaching.  He loved his simple life of teaching, research and coming home to his “Queen” and children and getting to “play” on his “mini-farm.”    That old saying, “You can take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the boy” was definitely true for him.  He loved to putter around in the garden and tend to his farm animals, usually a cow, chickens, dog, goat, and sometimes a pig or two.  This was far more fun to him than playing golf or hitting a silly little yellow ball around the court.  They lived for many wonderful years on their Shangrila called “Math Acres”, just outside Gainesville , which often became a playland haven for their 10 grandchildren.   He also relished being a Lay Minister and spoke at countless churches throughout the state of Florida and had the reputation that whenever a pastor was in need, “just call Dr. Hutcherson.” [Quoted from 2005 Hutcherson Reunion Information]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cornell Alumni News, 3 Oct. 1935, Vol. 38, #2, p. 14.

    '31 PhD—William Robert Hutcherson
    is head of the department and professor of
    mathematics at Berea College, Berea,
    Ky. He is married and has three small

  2. 2.0 2.1 Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 31 May 1924, in University of Kentucky.
  3. United States Census, 1920, William Robert Hutcherson, in
  4. 4.0 4.1 United States Census, 1910, William Hutchinson [sic], in
  5. United States Census, 1900, William Hutcherson, in
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Statements from living relatives.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 Family Records.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Hutcherson, William Robert. Maps of Certain Cyclic Involutions on Two Dimensional Carriers. 1931.

    The writer was born at Glasgow, Kentucky, December 20, 1898. Graduating from the Glasgow High School in 1919 [sic; a final 8 is written in pencil], he studied one year at the Western Kentucky State Normal School and then received the A.B. degree from University of Kentucky in 1922, and M.A. in Mathematics in 1924. After two years as Head of the Department of Mathematics in the Junior High School at Berea, Kentucky, he became Associate Professor of Mathematics and Head of the Department. He studied four summer quarters at the University of Chicago, and is now a Fellow in Mathematics at Cornell University.
    He married Sally May Grainger in 1924. They have two children, Sarah Ann, 3, and Martha Lou, one.

  9. 9.0 9.1 United States Census, 1930, William R Hutcheson, in