Dr. Richard Glenn Hutchinson of Madison, professor of medicine, director of the Preventive Medicine Cardiology Program and principal investigator of numerous research studies on cardiovascular disease prevention at UMMC, died Jan. 27. He was 86.
A native of LaGrange, Georgia who grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, Hutchinson graduated from Emory University, Atlanta, in 1955 and earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Georgia in 1959. After completing his internship, residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology in 1964, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served as chief of cardiology at Keesler Air Force Base Teaching Hospital in Biloxi.
Hutchinson joined the UMMC faculty in 1967. He served as principal investigator of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study which is ongoing and, due to its success, was expanded into the Jackson Heart Study. Hutchinson's research made seminal contributions to preventive cardiology. He reported his findings in the scores of peer-reviewed journal articles that he authored and co-authored and presented his research at numerous professional conferences.
A fellow of the American Heart Association, Hutchinson served on an assortment of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute committees, some of which he chaired. He received numerous AHA and NHLBI honors and awards. He retired from UMMC in 1998, but continued his affiliation with the university as a professor emeritus of medicine.Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today (Monday, Feb. 3) with funeral services to follow at 3 p.m. at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in Jackson. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Broadmeadow United Methodist Church, 4419 Broadmeadow Street, Jackson, MS 39206 or to The MIND Center at UMMC, Development Accounting, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216.