A 1950 graduate of Hamline, Hutton was inducted into the Hamline
University Pipers’ Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972. His late father, Joe
Hutton, Sr., and his younger brother, Tom ’62, are also Hamline Hall of
Fame members. The family legacy of Hamline graduates includes his
sisters Catherine Hutton Gabrielson ’51 and Barbara Keenan ’56.
“The Hutton Family has a distinguished place in the long history of
Hamline University, as does Joe Hutton, Jr.,” said President Linda
Hanson. “A university could not ask for more from one of its alumni. Joe
not only cared deeply about his alma mater, he cared about doing
everything he could to make the world a better place. We will miss him
and his deep commitment to service to all he touched.”
While at Hamline, Hutton lettered all four years in basketball and
baseball and one year in track. In basketball, he was a three-time
all-conference team member, and in 1949 he earned All-American honors as
Hamline won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Hutton was coached by his father during his years at Hamline. Joe
Hutton, Sr. was head basketball coach and athletic director from
1930-1965 and is the namesake of Hamline’s basketball arena. At his
retirement, Hutton, Sr.'s 591-207 (344-91 conference) record placed him
sixth among all college basketball coaches in the country. In
thirty-five years, his teams won nineteen conference titles, three NAIA
championships, and were three-time NAIA runner-ups.
After leaving Hamline, Hutton, Jr. played on the 1951-52 Minneapolis
Lakers championship team. That year, the Lakers defeated the New York
Knicks in the NBA finals in seven games. Hutton was one of seven Pipers
to play in the NBA. The list includes Jim Fritsche, Hal Haskins, Vern
Mikkelsen, John Norlander, Howie Schultz, and Rollie Seltz.
From 1954 to 1962, he taught and coached basketball in the
Minneapolis school system, winning conference championships at North
High School in 1957 and 1962. After leaving North, he coached and taught
at Bloomington-Lincoln High School where his teams won 70% of their
games over a ten-year period and finished with a third-place trophy in
the 1972 class AA basketball tournament.
Born October 6, 1928, Hutton, Jr. is survived by his wife of 27
years, Millie, his four children and his three step-children: Joe “Chip”
Hutton, Jr. (and spouse Patti Hutton), Robert “Bob” Hutton (and spouse
Kris Hutton), Elizabeth “Beth” Fitzpatrick (and spouse Terry
Fitzpatrick), Leslye Phillips (and spouse Eddie Phillips), Ken Thiede
(and spouse Uschi Thiede), Kathleen Call (and spouse Greg Call), and
Keith Thiede (and spouse Lindsey Thiede). He is also survived by three
siblings and their spouses, Catherine Gabrielson (and spouse Rollie
Gabrielson ’50), Barbara Keenan (and spouse Jim Keenan ’55), and Tom
Hutton (and spouse Sherryl Hutton), as well as 18 grandchildren.
Services will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church located at 9401
Nesbitt Avenue, Bloomington, Minnesota. The viewing is scheduled for
Thursday, October 22, from 4-8pm and the funeral is on Friday, October
23, at 11am.
Creative and innovative teaching and learning attract a diverse
student body of nearly 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students to
Hamline University. Challenged to create and apply knowledge in local
and global contexts, Hamline students develop an individual and
community ethic of social justice, civic responsibility, and inclusive
leadership and service.
Ranked first in Minnesota among comprehensive master’s universities
by U.S.News & World Report, Hamline is also Minnesota’s first
university, founded in 1854, and among the first co-educational
institutions in the nation.