Larry Sutton graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 1963 with his degree in history. As a favor to his friends at the College, he has taken the time to answer a few questions about his life, career and thoughts about C-SC.
Where do you live?
I am married to the beautiful and charming Giuli (Julie) Sutton and we live in Oregon.
Where do you work?
I am retired for the most part, but manage to volunteer 60 to 80 hours a month for the Oregon State Extension programs in Master Gardeners and 4H.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your career?
Being able to look back and say, "That was fun, can we do it again?"
Do you pursue any additional education after Culver-Stockton?
I pursued my Master of Public Administration from California State University Hayward. I have also completed several management certificate programs and, on a crazy whim to find out what my doctors were missing, I did pre-med studies.
How did Culver-Stockton College help to shape your life?
I did not come to Culver-Stockton to get an education, I came to get a degree. I left with an appreciation for life, what it has to offer, and a seemingly inexhaustible thirst for knowledge. Life is an adventure and C-SC opened the doors.
What is the one memory of Culver-Stockton College that always comes to mind?
There are so many and most of them social. I will refrain from commenting on those to keep from embarrassing myself and others. I did discover that tuition was the same whether you took 15 hours or 22 hours a semester. Having inherited at lot from my Scot's ancestry, I opted take as many classes as I could. The dilemma occurred at the end of my junior year when I was told that I had to pick a major. I couldn't understand why a person would want to focus on one area when there were so many to learn in. History eventually won out as I only needed two more hours to complete the degree requirement. That interest has continued throughout my life.
What have you done since graduation?
Like so many of the class of '63, my leading job offer was a trip to the draft board. I really did not like the Army's attitude, so I opted for the Navy and Officer Candidate School. The Navy asked me for three years of service and I ended up giving them 22 and a half. Once again life was an adventure. I became a deep sea diver, I qualified in driving ships from the smallest to aircraft carriers. The Navy, in an attempt to capitalize on my degree in history, placed me in mostly engineering jobs. Go figure! I served as chief engineer and executive officer on a Destroyer. My last three years I was in the Organizational Effectiveness Center.
After the Navy I worked as a small business consultant, a head hunter and in public relations for a junior college while getting my master's degree. Probably my biggest accomplishment was meeting my beautiful and loving wife. My second career was as a city planner for the City of Richmond, Calif. I was responsible for producing the Environmental Impact Reports for every project the city undertook. Since retirement I enjoy our home in Oregon. We live on the side of a small mountain, surrounded by a forest, and overlooking a white water river. Every morning I get up, thank God for the beauty of this planet, and watch the deer eat my garden.
What are your future goals?
I love to travel and have performed on every continent but one. Antarctica is the only one left, so watch out penguins, here I come. I want to contribute to bringing the International Master Gardeners Conference to Portland, Ore. Finally, each time I read about the activities of the St. Louis, Chicago, or Kansas City Alumni Associations, I get a little jealous. We don't have a Culver-Stockton alumni chapter in Oregon , yet. Maybe that will be next.
Do you have a message for your fellow classmates?
If you have not been back to Canton recently, now is the time to do it. Visit while classes are in session, as it is a real treat to see the students taking responsibility for their education. The building programs are impressive but pale in comparison to the students who are enrolled there. Take a few minutes to call Scott McGaughey at (573) 288-6395. Aside from the fact he is fun to chat with, the phone call can not only change your life, but impact the students at Culver-Stockton as well.