In Memory

Richard Sutton

Richard Sutton

Dr. Richard B. Sutton was a Cardiovascular Surgeon and also taught at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.  He died on May 22, 2005 at the age of 67 of complications from a severe auto accident in 2002, in which he was a passenger.  He served as a Hospital Corpsman II in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1963.  He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1964 and completed his Internship, Residency and Fellowships through the University of Utah.  He was board certified in Internal Medicine in 1960 and Cardiovascular Disease in 1973.  He served on the faculty of the University of Utah College of Medicine and retired as a Professor of Medicine.  He directed the Medical ICU-CCU at the VA Hospital from 1968 to 1997, where he worked for 31 years.  He was the author of numerous scientific publications.  Richard had an enormous heart and a deep laugh.  He loved blues music, boating, skiing, fishing, and the ocean.  He was a boxer, pilot, scuba diver, photographer and bungee jumper, and had traveled to every continent in the world. He married Geraldine Thornton (Class of 1958) and they later divorced.  He married Evelyn Gail Fairbanks in 1969. They were married for 36 years.  He had five daughters and 10 grandchildren.