Robert Fred Cuthbertson


Robert Fred Cuthbertson died Sept. 3, 2007. He was born Dec. 15, 1929 in Phoenix, Ariz., the only child of Fred Archibald and Mary Catherine Crowell Cuthbertson.

He graduated from North Phoenix High School, attended Phoenix Junior College and the University of California at Berkeley. He was accepted into medical school after only three years of college. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), School of Medicine, serving his internship at L.A. County Hospital.

It was there that he met and married Shirley June Hermann. They were married for 50 years and had four children: Robert (Teresa), Scottsboro, Ala., Karen (Paul) Sullivan, Midway, Utah, Joan Marie (deceased), Susan Phillips, Oakley, Utah; and two foster children, Jerry (Susan) Fowler and Gwenda Fowler, Page, Ariz.; 21 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

After medical school, Dr. Cuthbertson joined the U.S. Navy, earning his aviator wings and became a flight surgeon at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., serving in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands and Monterey, Calif. Naval Air Stations.

His love for flying continued the rest of his life. Some of his many achievements were the silver, gold, and diamond awards from the Soaring Society of America. While in the Navy, he participated in test series of atomic weapons and devices at the Pacific Proving Ground.

In 1958, he began his private medical practice in Phoenix, which became known as Saguaro Medical Center. He later opened a second practice in Scottsdale, and nearly a half century later, a third practice, Ponderosa Medical Center, in Payson.

In 1967, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served faithfully for more than 30 years in a bishopric and as a High Councilor in the Scottsdale Stake, as well as Ward and Stake Mission Leader in Pine and Payson.

In 2005, he was baptized at Payson Christian Church and in 2007, became a member of Ponderosa Baptist Church.

In 2004, Dr. Cuthbertson married Virginia (Ginny) Lehner, whom he called the "love of his life." She lovingly cared for him in his last days.

Services will be held at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 North Beeline Highway, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Pine Cemetery.

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