Dr. Samuel James Tuthill

Dr. Samuel James Tuthill

Dr. Samuel James Tuthill

Dr. Samuel James Tuthill, of DeWitt, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 28, 2019, at the age of 93, at Wheatland Manor.

He was born in San Diego, California, on Sept. 6, 1925, to Nancy (Morgan) and Marvin Tuthill, and was raised in Chatham, New Jersey, by great-aunts, Edith Morgan and Mildred Williams.  A veteran of World War II, Sam served in the United States Army Air Corps. He is a graduate of Drew University, Syracuse University, and the University of North Dakota. Sam specialized in the paleoecology of glacial deposits in western North Dakota, Minnesota, and south-central Alaska. In addition, he researched the effects of the great Alaskan earthquake of 1964.

Dr. Tuthill taught geology at Muskingum College in Ohio, and served as State Geologist and Director of the Iowa Geological Survey from 1969 to 1975. He held several federal posts, including Science Advisor to the Secretary of Interior, Energy Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, and was appointed to the President’s Energy Resources Council. From 1977 to 1987, Sam held positions at Iowa Electric Light and Power Company in Cedar Rapids. From 1988 through his retirement in the mid-1990’s, he managed Tuthill, Inc., a geological-hydrological and environmental consulting business at Marengo, with his son John.

In retirement, Sam enjoyed a home on Devil Track Lake in northern Minnesota. He received the Drew University Outstanding Alumnus Award in Science and the University of North Dakota A. G. Leonard Medal in Geology.

Sam and Constance Huntington Howell were married Sept. 7, 1952, in Boonton, New Jersey.

He is survived by Connie, his steadfast helpmate of 67 years; a daughter, Susan T. (Jeff) Gimprich, of Dumont, New Jersey; two sons, James F. (Evelyn) Tuthill, of Laramie, Wyoming, and John H. (Michele) Tuthill, of DeWitt; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Youtsey, of Winchester, California, and Nancy Petersen, of Friday Harbor, Washington.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, great aunts, and a grandchild.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 until 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt, with a Masonic Service at 7. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the United Methodist Church in DeWitt, with the Rev. Tom Boomershine officiating. Military Rites and a luncheon will follow.

Condolences may be expressed, and a photo tribute viewed at schultzfuneralhomes.com.