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Phil Sutter

Emeritus Faculty

 Dr. Sutter retired in 1997.  He and his wife, Marcia, when not travelling the world, live in Lancaster.


In Honor of





Dr. Philip Sutter joined the Franklin and Marshall faculty in 1964 after receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics from Yale University and doing post-doctoral work in solid state physics.


Originally a research and teaching specialist in nuclear and solid state physics, Professor Sutter soon revealed himself as a born tinkerer and inventor.  Fascinated by the physics and physical possibilities of machines, Dr. Sutter kept his ever-expanding storage spaces in Pfeiffer and the machine shop stacked with bits and pieces of machinery and parts that "might come in handy someday."  And, they often did whether for some especially designed experiments in his Electricity and Magnetism courses, for demonstrations in the new course in Robotics that he designed and taught so successfully for the Science, Technology & Society program, or for his more recent interests in microcomputers.


For over thirty years, he has been the ideal mentor for students interested in pursuing a cooperative 3/2 program between F&M and any one of six other institutions.  Physics majors over these years constantly rated Dr. Sutter as one of the best teachers in the department and in the College, and his interest in them never ceased upon their graduation.  He has kept in touch with many alumni in the world of physics and beyond it, and this knowledge of former students has helped to make him an especially effective and a valuable alumni phonoathon fund raiser for the College.


Dr. Sutter kept up his collaborative research in both biomedical engineering and robotics with colleagues at research universities, often involving his F&M students in that work, either through independent research projects or as  Hackman scholars.  He truly is a man whose research and teaching are wholly linked, with the student being always the beneficiary.  We thank him for his 32 years of outstanding service to the College and to generations of its students and faculty and wish him every happiness in a retirement made rich by his innovative spirit.


Richard Kneedler '65

President of the College


Given this eighteenth day of May

Nineteen Hundred  and Ninety-seven

Lancaster, Pennsylvania