Charles E. Cutts, P.E.

Sept. 14, 2015

Professor Emeritus Charles E. Cutts, P.E., who served as the chair of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1956-1969, died Sept. 12 at the age of 101.

“He was a very true gentleman,” said Professor Emeritus William Taylor, who himself served as civil engineering chair from 1972-1990. “Charles never raised his voice,” Taylor said. “The faculty all respected him as chairman. They liked him as a person,” Taylor added.

Cutts served as chair of civil engineering from Sept. 1, 1956, to Aug. 31, 1969. He retired from MSU on July 1, 1984.

He lived in Okemos, Mich., and was formerly of St. Paul, Minn.

Cutts was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., on May 15, 1914. 

He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1949. 

He was a registered professional engineer in Minnesota, Florida, and Michigan. 

He had also served as a professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Florida, and George Washington University.

A memorial service honoring him was conducted on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home in East Lansing, Mich.

Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

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