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Harrison D. Willcutts, MD

May 17, 2017

West Springfield- Harrison D. Willcutts, MD, 84, of Forest Glen passed away on May 17, 2017 at his home. He was born in Chicago, IL on May 28th, 1932 to the late Vice Admiral Morton D. Willcutts, MD and Marie (Collins) Willcutts. Dr. Willcutts was the beloved husband of 52 years to Honora J. (Savage) Willcutts, loving father of Nora M. Willcutts and her spouse Martha Williams of Cambridge, MA, H. David Willcutts and his wife Julia Livingstone of Pasadena, CA, Kevin J. Willcutts and his wife Beth Foster of Takoma Park, MD, Patrick J. Willcutts and his wife Ellen of West Hartford, CT, Bobbie Dressel and her husband Scott of Littleton, MA, Sean T. Willcutts and his wife Gina of Suffield, CT and Tim S. Willcutts of Santa Cruz, CA, caring brother of Morton D. Willcutts of South Dakota, Diane Semans of Mendocino, CA, and Anne Ferrari of Eugene, OR, devoted grandfather of Craig and Caroline; Iona; Zoe and Grace; Colin; Kaylyn, Amber, and Emma; Kate, Ava, and Gabrielle, and he also leaves several nieces and nephews. Dr. Willcutts graduated from Georgetown Prep and later from Indiana University. He then graduated from Indiana University Medical School and began his career in medicine. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran including service in Oakland, California, Pensacola, Florida, Guam, Vietnam and Newport, Rhode Island. Dr. Willcutts served as the Commanding Officer of a U.S. Marine Medical Company in Vietnam, and was awarded the First Class Medal of Honor as well as The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Combat V, later reaching the rank of Captain while serving in the Naval Reserves during the first Persian Gulf War. Dr. Willcutts retired from the Navy in 1972 and settled in West Springfield as a general surgeon at Providence and Mercy Hospitals and in private practice for the next 42 years. He was a leader in the understanding, teaching and practice of nutritional support to patients in both the hospital and home setting. He spoke nationally and internationally on the establishment of hospital based nutritional support services and the use of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN). He served as President of the American Society of Nutritional Support Services, was a Fellow of the American College of Surgery and an active member of numerous medical societies and committees including the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. As an early pioneer of nutritional infusion services in the home, he created Nutritional Metabolic Support Associates, a national home infusion company with offices in five states. Dr. Willcutts, “Dave”, especially enjoyed his summers with family and friends upon the shores of Lake Congamond in Suffield, CT at their family retreat. He was a longtime communicant of St. Thomas Church. Active in the community, Dave served as the doctor for the West Springfield Public High School football team in the 1970s and 80s. In particular, he was an avid fan of Notre Dame football and all things Irish. The funeral will be Saturday, May 20th at 9 AM, friends and relatives are asked to meet directly for a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Thomas Church. Burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours are 5pm to 7pm on Friday, May 19th at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations in Dr. Harrison D. Willcutts’ name should be made to St. Thomas Church, 47 Pine Street, W. Spfld., MA 01089 or The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.


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