Sunday, December 10, 2023


Arthur F. Cutter Jr., 88

Arthur F. Cutter Jr. of Indianapolis, a former longtime resident of Westport, died Jan. 15. He was 88.

He was born to Arthur F. Cutter Sr. and Julia Mary Oravecz in South Ashburnham, Mass. on June 25, 1927. He graduated from Cushing Academy in June of 1944. The next day he joined the Army Specialized Training Program and was sent to the University of New Hampshire and Norwich University to study basic engineering.

Next was Camp Blanding, Fla. and finance school at Fort Benjamin Harrison. From then he went on to Paris, Bremen, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark where he was with the American Legation. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1947. In 1954, he married his wife of 61 years, Dorothy-Ann (Swan) Cutter.

He graduated from Syracuse University School of Architecture in 1956, where he was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and was elected to the Gargoyle Society, an architectural honorary. He was a member of the AIA and the NCARB.

He started as a staff architect for the General Foods Corporation, and retired from there as director of operations for its national headquarters in 1987. Upon retiring to Wilmington. N.C. from Connecticut, he was president of the Wilmington Senior Men’s Club, volunteered at SCORE, a mentoring program for small business startups.

He served two terms as senior warden at St. Andrew’s on the Sound. Upon re-retiring to Indiana, he was an active member of the Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple.

He was predeceased by his brother James O. Cutter and is survived by his wife; daughter Victoria L. Cutter of Indianapolis; sons James D. (Sandra), of Des Moines, Iowa; Arthur F. III (Margaret) of Fairfield; two granddaughters, Julia V. Slaydon (Steve) and Sarah B. Cutter and two sisters, Nancy Richards (Willard) and Priscilla Cutter, and sister-in-law Gerie Cutter.

A celebration of his life will take place in April at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Carmel, Ind.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Christopher’s Columbarium or the charity of your choice.

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