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Thomas J. Gutenkunst ’55

Published in Apr. 18, 2001, issue

"Gutie" died of complications of pneumonia on Jan. 25, 2001.

He came to Princeton from Milwaukee Country Day School, majored in economics, and joined Tower Club. His roommates were Ralph Baer, Charlie Bourne, and Dick Smith.

After graduation, Gutie served in the Army and then joined the family business, presently the Milwaukee Tool and Equipment Co., where he advanced to president and remained active until his death. He took special pride as chair of the board of St. Coletta School for cognitively disabled children in Jefferson, Wis., and promoted numerous fundraising events.

Gutie had an insatiable zest for life. He was intensely loyal, generous, and energizing to his innumerable friends. His laughter was contagious. He particularly enjoyed his home on Pewaukee Lake. Water sports, gardening, and restful afternoons on his columned porch overlooking the lake occupied his leisure time. Traveling was a family favorite. Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer football games were frequent outings every fall.

Gutie was most of all the consummate family man. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dodie, a daughter, Heidi Clotilde, a son, George Jeck, and two brothers, John and Charlie '50. To them, the class extends its heartfelt sympathy.

The Class of 1955

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