Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Robert Grant Hutter

Wellsville, NY - Robert Grant Hutter, 62, of 269 North Main Street, Wellsville, New York, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at St. James Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born on May 7, 1948, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bob, as he was affectionately known, was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. Bob worked at Westinghouse in Baltimore as a chemical engineer while studying at the University of Maryland School of Law. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1973 and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1980. Bob also earned a Master in Business Administration degree from St. Bonaventure University School of Business in 1978.

Bob was a Professor at Alfred University teaching business and law courses for thirty-six years until his retirement in 2010. Bob was the faculty advisor to the Student Managed Investment Fund and continued his involvement into retirement. During his tenure, Bob authored many published articles on accounting, business, financial planning, and law.

Bob practiced law in Allegany County for thirty years, most recently with the law firm of Hutter & Finn in Wellsville. Bob was also a Certified Financial Planner and advised many clients on how to achieve their retirement goals.

His professional memberships included the New York State Bar Association, Allegany County Bar Association, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Certified Financial Planner Association, and the Financial Planning Association.

A former Eagle Scout, Bob was generous with both time and money to various charitable organizations. He sponsored many children through the Christian Children's Fund and was a donor to many local charities.

Bob was a sports enthusiast, especially if it involved the Virginia Tech Hokies. Bob was an avid golfer and a former member of the Wellsville Country Club. Bob often fondly reminisced about his hole-in-one on the fourth hole of the WCC.

He loved music and played the guitar. He was fascinated with history, finances and coin collecting.

Robert Grant Hutter is survived by his former wife and close friend, Jo Anne Hutter of Wellsville; two sisters, Sally Hutter Barba of Arnold, Maryland, and Gale Hutter Hall of Hockessin, Delaware; a niece, Kristen Barba Stolka of Carrboro, North Carolina; and a nephew, David Barba of Annapolis, Maryland.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 19, 2011, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at the Wellsville Country Club for a memorial luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, the David A. Howe Library, and the Hart Family Comfort House in his honor. Memorial donations are to be mailed to 22 West State Street, Wellsville, New York. 14895.

Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. Sally and Gale,
    We are sorry about the lose of such a talanted cousin. We wish we could have known him better.
    We send our love and condolences to you both.
    Tom and Sue

  2. Jo Anne, Sally and Gale,
    We are so sorry for your loss and the loss to so many people. Bob was a special man and I will always appreciate his wise counsel and perspective. He was the kind of person that I just loved to sit and chat with. He had so much to offer and was so personable. While I will miss him greatly, I am grateful that he is at peace now. Our family will be praying for strength and comfort to sustain you through this time of great loss.
    Tim Koegel & Family

  3. Bob and I became acquainted during our student days at Virginia Tech and stayed in contact over the years. It was always interesting to hear about his teaching experiences at Alfred, his law practice, his community work and his golf game. We enjoyed Hokie sports and marvelled together at the improvement since our student days. Bob was well regarded by his classmates and will be missed by the Hokie Nation.

    Raymond Smoot

  4. Jo Anne, Sally, Gale and Families,
    I first met Bob when he shared an apartment with two other bachelors across the hall from me in Woodlawn, MD - the year was 1968. Bob's fun, relaxed personality and his guitar playing drew a crowd every weekend for sing-a-longs, snacks and good company. Many changes took place in Bob's life and in mine over the years, but he always stayed in touch. He was a sincere and loyal friend - stopping by yearly on his trips from Wellsville to Annapolis.
    I'd like to share one funny story about Bob: The year was 1972, and my 8-month-old son needed to be rushed to the hospital for stitches to his face after a nasty fall. My husband wasn't home, so Bob drove us to the emergency room. I still have the papers from that E.R. visit . . . "Robert Hutter" is listed as the father.
    I'm so sorry that Bob never got the opportunity to retire to his land on the golf course in the Carolina's. I believe Bob had a lot more that he wanted to do . . he was taken away much too soon.
    I know you will miss Bob in many ways, and I share your loss.

    Becky Myers

  5. I was fortunate to get to know Bob during the summer of 2007, when he hired me to drive him to Hornell a few times a week for treatment. During our time together, Bob offered me innumerable pieces of valuable advice for advancing my education and career. I was struck by his rare ability to combine an incredible depth of knowledge/breadth of experience with sincere humility and personability. I remember Bob fondly and am grateful for the time I had with him. RIP, you kind and brilliant man, I miss you.