Robert "Bob"'s Story
CUMBERLAND Robert "Bob" Marshall Hutcheson III, 85, of Cumberland, passes away Wednesday, May 17, 2017, after battling Parkinson's Disease for several years. Bob was well known throughout the area as an educator, local government official, and member of many community and fraternal organizations.
Born on March 9, 1932, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mr. Hutcheson was the son of the late Robert Marshall Hutcheson Jr. and Dorothy Ludwig (Smith) Hutcheson. He was also preceded in death by wives, Gail (Furlow) Hutcheson and Judy (Blevins) Hutcheson.
After graduating from Allegany High School in 1950, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1954 and Master's Degree in Education in 1962 from Frostburg State College. He also took graduate courses in education administration from the University of Maryland and West Virginia University, and completed the University of Maryland's Academy of Excellence in Local Government and the Principal's Academy in West Virginia.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served with the United State Occupation Forces in Germany. Following his military service, Mr. Hutcheson returned to his beloved Allegany High School and began his long career as an educator.
Beginning in 1956, he taught Science and Mathematics, and served as Science Department Chair, assistant football coach, and junior high track coach. In 1962, he was appointed vice-principal at Allegany High School and served in that capacity until he was selected as the first principal of Braddock Junior High School (now Braddock Middle School) in 1965. In 1966, he became principal of Allegany High School, (the first graduate of Allegany High School to hold that position), and served in that position for 19 years (the longest tenure of any principal at Allegany High School) before retiring in 1985. He also served as President of the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals and was honored as principal of the year in 1985.
In 1987, after working as a consultant and motivational speaker, he returned to the field of education as principal of Keyser High School in Mineral County, W.Va., until his retirement in 1994.
Mr. Hutcheson, who had previously served as an elected member of the Republican Central Committee, was appointed to serve as Allegany County Commissioner in 2000 by Governor Parris Glendening, to fill the unexpired term of the late Walter Bosley. He was elected to that position in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.
During his tenure as Commissioner, he served on numerous boards and committees, including the Allegany County Board of Health, Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, Cumberland Allegany Industrial Foundation, Western Maryland Health System, and Allegany County Social Services Board of Directors (ex-officio member.). He represented Allegany County with the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), and filled leadership roles including treasurer and 1st. vice president of that organization. In 2013, MACo presented Mr. Hutcheson with the Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award in recognition of his distinguished public service.
In 2005, in recognition of his exceptional career in public education, he was appointed to the Governor's Commission on Quality Education by Maryland Governor Robert Erhlich.
Bob was a member of Queen City Lodge 131, A.F. & A.M.; 32nd. degree, Cumberland Scottish Rite Bodies; Ali Ghan Shrine, where he belonged to the Director's Staff; and, Forest 140, Tall Cedars of Lebanon. A Past Potentate of Ali Ghan Shrine, Mr. Hutcheson was a passionate supporter of Shriners' Hospitals for Children and served for many years as a member of the Philadelphia Shrine Hospital Board of Governors, and was an emeritus member of the Board.
He also belonged to Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion; past president of the Cumberland Jaycees and Cumberland Rotary Club; past chairman of the LaVale Civic Improvement Association; and, associate member of Lodge 90, Fraternal Order of Police.
Mr. Hutcheson served as President of the Class of 1954, Frostburg State College. He was inducted into the Allegany High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Allegany High School Hall of Fame in 2007.
Bob is survived by his son, Kevin M. Hutcheson and wife, Shannon, Shady Side; his daughter, Karen L. McCabe and husband, Chris, Cumberland; a step-daughter, Sharon R. Stipe and husband, Steve, Evans, Ga.; a step-son, R. Scott Anderson and wife, Kathy, Frostburg; 10 grandchildren, Connor, Trevor, and Brendon McCabe, Oliver and Graeme Hutcheson, Nathan Shipe and wife, Shawna, Jordan and Lindsay Shipe, Sarah and Hannah Anderson; and two great-grandchildren, Evan and Gavin Shipe.
Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene St., Cumberland (www.upchurchfh.) on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 20, 2017n from 10 to 11 a.m. The service will follow at 11 a.m.
Queen City Lodge 131, A.F. & A.M. will conduct at memorial service in the funeral home on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park, where military honors will be accorded by Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Ali Ghan Shrine Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 1416, Cumberland, MD 21502-1416 or to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children, 3552 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.
Published on May 18, 2017