Description: This is Part 1 of 6 of an interview with Dr. William Hutchinson. This interview was conducted by Emmett Watson at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle on July 18, 1985.
William B. Hutchinson (1909 –1997) was an physician and surgeon, and the founder of both the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in his native Seattle, Washington. The latter facility is named in memory of his younger brother, Fred Hutchinson, a Major League Baseball pitcher and manager whose life and career were cut short by lung cancer in 1964 at the age of 45.
The son of a general practitioner, Hutchinson was raised in Seattle and attended the University of Washington, where he played baseball for the Huskies and graduated in 1931. He passed up a professional baseball tryout to attend medical school at McGill University in Montreal, and graduated in 1935. After completing his surgical residency in Baltimore, Maryland, Hutchinson returned to Seattle to practice.
His experience as a cancer surgeon led him to spearhead a drive for research and treatment centers for the disease in his native city. The PNRF, now the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, was founded in 1956; the FHCRC was created in 1965 and officially founded in 1975.
Hutchinson was on the staff at Swedish for 40 years. He was also team doctor for the Seattle Rainiers baseball team for years. Dr. Hutchinson received many awards, including Seattle's First Citizen Award in 1976 and a doctorate in humanities from Seattle University in 1982. He was a longtime youth baseball coach and was presented with the College of Baseball Classic Award in 1993, and inducted into the UW Husky Hall of Fame in 1995.
This interview is part of the Donald Schmechel Oral History Collection. Don Schmechel, who was a member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation board, began this project with Seattle Public Library in 1984, with the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) brought on board as a partner in early 1985. Schmechel himself worked to raise the funding for the project, and volunteered his time to manage the project, and to conduct interviews along with a crew of volunteers. Originally titled the Videotaping Historic Figures (VHF) Program, the project interviewed 91 people, and MOHAI holds the interviews for 32 of these individuals.The interviews conducted with these Seattle civic, business and cultural leaders in 1985 are valuable first-hand accounts that provide insight into developments taking place in the mid-twentieth century.
Digitization of this videotape material has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Transcribed from handwritten notes on videotape case:
Rainier Beach; early life; Rural; Emerson School; 1922 Franklin; Athletics; Short experience at sea; Baseball
14:00 Tubby - improve footwork; boxing, wrestling; 1931 Batting average 487; wanted to be a doctor from boyhood; Baseball period & salary; McGill, baseball
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