DCRT Mourns George Hutchinson
Dr. George Allen Hutchinson, 61, a former DCRT research mathematician and section chief who retired in 1994, died at his home on Sept. 17 of cancer.
Dr. George Allen Hutchinson
He joined DCRT in 1967 after receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He worked in the Laboratory of Applied Studies until 1973; for the next 20 years, until his retirement, he was chief of the biomathematics and computer science section in DCRT's Laboratory of Statistical and Mathematical Methodology (LSM). "George was a unique and gentle person, a world-class mathematician, and a humble and extraordinarily gifted man," remembers Dr. James Mosimann, former chief of LSM.
During his years at DCRT, Hutchinson conducted individual and collaborative mathematical research projects, and developed scientific computer software. Laboratories still use one of his programs to screen for genetic defects in fetuses. "George helped save many babies who otherwise might have died," eulogized his friend and colleague, Dr. Mark Geier.
Hutchinson wrote over 24 publications and was a respected international lecturer. At the time of his death, he was a visiting researcher in the mathematics department of the University of Maryland. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carol Ann; his sons, Daniel of Centreville, Va., John of Princeton, N.J., and Andrew of Silver Spring; his brother, Dr. James H. Hutchinson of Bethesda, and his sister, Carol Osborn of Media, Pa.
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