In Memoriam: John W. Suttie, PhD


FASEB mourns the loss of John W. Suttie, PhD, a former FASEB President, who died on December 21. Suttie joined the FASEB Board as a representative of the American Society for Nutrition and served as FASEB President in 1996.

Suttie achieved many firsts during his term as President. Most notably, his presidency coincided with a Board decision to use reserve funds to dramatically expand support for FASEB’s public affairs activities, including the hiring of a former House Appropriations Committee staff member as FASEB’s first lobbyist to coordinate expanded outreach to Congress. Building on efforts by past leaders to expand FASEB’s advocacy presence in the research community, Suttie led the effort that resulted in FASEB's endorsement, for the first time, of a joint advocacy goal for the National Science Foundation in cooperation with the American Chemical Society and the American Physics Society. His presidency also included the establishment of a new membership category, Sustaining Associate Member, for societies with interests in common with FASEB that were ineligible for regular membership. Three new societies joined as Sustaining Associate Members during his term.

A staunch supporter of biomedical research funding, Suttie also oversaw efforts to increase the level of input from the broader health advocacy community into FASEB's own policy process with both the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding and the Coalition for Health Funding participating in the Fiscal Year 1998 Funding Consensus Conference.

Suttie earned his BS, MS, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, England, before joining the University of Wisconsin faculty in Biochemistry in 1961. His research focused on the metabolism, action, and nutritional significance of Vitamin K. Read more in Suttie’s obituary

FASEB extends its deepest condolences to the Suttie family and remains forever grateful for Suttie’s service to the Federation and the scientific community.