A Tribute To Dr. Cutrer -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry
Volume: JDFM 03:2 (Spring 2013)
Article: A Tribute To Dr. Cutrer
Author: Anonymous

A Tribute To Dr. Cutrer

While this issue of The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry was being edited in preparation for publication, one of our contributors and editors died unexpectedly. Bill Cutrer left his home for a bicycle ride around 7 a.m. on July 13 and not long after, fellow cyclists found him tipped over on his bicycle. The cyclists and emergency responders tried to revive Cutrer without success.

“Bill Cutrer was known to many as ‘William Cutrer, M.D.’ For many years he was a prominent obstetrician in Dallas, Texas. He delivered thousands of babies, including some of our own students,” President R. Albert Mohler wrote in his letter informing the seminary community of Dr. Cutrer’s death. “Later, Dr. Cutrer trained for the ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary. He came to us as a member of the faculty more than a decade ago, teaching in the areas of ministry, medical ethics, marriage and family and personal discipleship. He was also known to the Southern Seminary family as a trusted doctor in the clinic.”

Cutrer became the first medical doctor to join the faculty of Southern following his successful medical career as an obstetrician and gynecologist in Texas. In 1999, he assumed an endowed professorship as C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry. He was also the director of the Gheens Center for Family Ministry. During his tenure at the seminary, he served as staff physician of the school’s Hagan Clinic, an on-campus limited health maintenance service staffed by a charge nurse and physician.

In his letter, Mohler wrote about “first-hand” knowledge of Cutrer’s medical expertise, referencing his own major surgery and ensuing complications.

“Dr. Cutrer cared for me and supervised my recovery and months of subsequent testing,” he wrote. “I know what a trusted physician he was, and I know what a friend he was to so many on the Southern Seminary campus. Bill Cutrer spent years helping thousands of babies to be born before helping scores of young Christians to be born as ministers. He was a remarkable man, and he lived a remarkable life. He touched and influenced thousands of lives and he leaves a great legacy. He died all too soon, from our perspective. We will miss him greatly.”

In addition to his duties at the seminary, Cutrer was an active pro-life advocate and practitioner in the Louisville community. For many years, he was the medical director for A Woman’s Choice Resource Center, a non-profit special health clinic that provides pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and other services for crisis pregnancies and post-abortion support.

In a 2006 article, a reporter for the The New York Times quoted Cutrer about his work with the center. Noting the variety of needs and interests that attracted women into the center, Cu...

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