To make ends meet while attending Albany Medical College, Gary Sutter, MD, ’76, and his wife Vera lived with her parents in Schodack. Both born of modest backgrounds, the Sutter’s long held tight to the belief, passed down to their children, that philanthropy is a duty.
So, when the successful company Dr. Sutter founded, HealthCare Partners of California, sold last year, the Venice, CA, couple decided to endow a major scholarship program at Albany Medical College.
“We have plenty of money to give back,” Dr. Sutter said. “We felt we owed. With the blessing of the sale, we wanted to give back to the medical school.”
The leadership gift of $1 million established the Vera J. and Gary L. Sutter, MD, ’76 Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will assist Albany Medical College students as they work toward assisting others.
Dr. Sutter came to Albany Medical College as a non-traditional student: a 26-year-old out of college several years after serving as a Navy lieutenant in the Vietnam Era.
“They took me as an older student, a married student, a student from out of state,” he said. “They took a risk on me. It’s my duty and obligation to give back to the school.”