Warm, kind, generous, and inspiring presence are just some of the ways that GSE faculty remember Catherine Hutto Gordon, a longtime champion of the Graduate School of Education whose family foundation established the Jerome A. Hutto Chair in Elementary Education, and the Jerome A. Hutto Fellowship. Catherine passed away on February 8, 2021, at the age of 69.
Along with her sister Eileen, Catherine was a member of the GSE Dean’s Advisory Board, and most recently Catherine served as chair. Catherine supported educational causes across the country, but UC Berkeley had a special place in her heart. From her years as a child swimming at Strawberry Canyon pool, to her time as a Cal student, and later as a member of the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees, Berkeley was Catherine's second family.
Her father Jerome Hutto earned his EdD from the GSE in 1960, and Catherine later earned her master's degree in 1973 from Berkeley's School of Social Welfare, where she was also active as an Advisory Board member and established two chairships, the Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation Chair in Child and Family Studies; and the Catherine Mary and Eileen Clare Hutto Chair for Social Services in Public Education. Also at Berkeley, Catherine served on the Advisory Board of the Goldman School of Public Policy. She was most recently head of the Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation, which supported a variety of schools and nonprofits serving children. She is survived by her husband Daniel W. Baker; her sister Eileen C. Hutto; and extended family members, including seven grandchildren.