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George D. Hutchinson of Swan Street, a longtime teacher and public official, died Monday (Jan. 25, 1999) in Brooks Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was 78.

A lifelong Dunkirk resident, Hutchinson graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1938. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fredonia State College and a master's degree from St. Bonaventure University.

Hutchinson taught history and economics at Dunkirk High School for 33 years and retired in 1982. He also served as chairman of the social studies department.

During the 1960s, he served as 2nd Ward councilman. In the 1970s and 1980s, he served as assessor, an elected position.

He also served as president of Hose Company No. 3 Volunteer Fire Department.

Hutchinson was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. he rose to the rank of first lieutenant.

Survivors include his wife, the former Gilda Tulli; three sons, Loren G. and John J., both of Charlotte, N.C., and Matthew W. of Hendersonville, Tenn.; three daughters, Mary Milan of Charlotte, Julie of Dunkirk and Nancy of Houston; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington Ave. Prayers will be said at 9:15 in McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, 736 Central Ave. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia.


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