Robert W. Hutton | Passages
January 14, 2010 · 2:40 PM
Robert W. Hutton died peacefully at home in Seattle on Jan. 5. He was 88.
Bob was a native of the Northwest, a member and supporter of numerous local civic organizations, a successful business executive and a dedicated husband and father. With his wife Charlotte, Bob lived much of his life in the Seattle area, in addition to 25 years in Greenwich, Conn.
Bob was born in Olympia, Wash., on April 28, 1921 to George W. Hutton and Elsie Doragh Hutton. He grew up in Vancouver and Olympia, and graduated from Vancouver High School in 1938. He attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1943. At the university, he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity, the senior manager of the Crew, a member of Oval Club and Fir Tree, and a student of law and business.
Following service as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II, Bob attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received an MBA degree in 1948.
Bob's distinguished business career was focused in the cement industry. Following graduate school, he worked for three years at the Seattle First National Bank, prior to starting Bellingham Builders Supply in Bellingham, Wash. He joined Lone Star Industries, at that time the largest producer of cement in the United States, in 1965 and became CEO, based in New York, in 1972.
He served as a director of the American Mining Congress, as president of the Portland Cement Association, and was an active leader in the industry throughout the world.
An avid sailor, Bob campaigned a series of ocean racing sailboats called "Tatoosh," with notable national and international success. A highlight of his life was being selected to represent the United States in 1980 at the Sardinia Cup, considered at the time to be a world championship of ocean racing. Tatoosh finished in second place overall, leading the U.S. team to victory.
Bob is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughter, Ann Hutton of Friday Harbor, Wash., and her children, Meghan and Brianna; son, Tom Hutton of Atherton, Calif., his wife Wende and their children, Cameron and Rachel.
A memorial service will be held at Epiphany Parish on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at The Seattle Yacht Club at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Pacific Science Center or a charity of your choice.
— Family of Robert W. Hutton