Alice Cutler, former president of the Friends, personifies the
ideal of caring, which is an integral part of Dana-Farber's
mission. She grew up in Brookline, Mass., and graduated from Tufts
College with a B.S. in Psychology. After her marriage in 1960, she
spent a year traveling in Europe and returned to teach first grade
before continuing her education at Boston College. She earned a
M.Ed. and LCSW prior to holding the position of psychologist at
Brockton High School for 21 years.
Alice's recovery from melanoma many years ago, as well as her
father having been a patient at Dana-Farber, motivated her to
become involved with the Friends. Her volunteering began ten years
ago in the gift shop where she joined Sheila Cunningham in buying
and managing the head cover merchandise. She then joined the
Friends' Board and, as vice-president, co-chaired the Friends' 25th
Other organizations that have benefitted from Alice's
involvement include the Quincy YMCA, the Boston Film Festival and
the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where she is a Women's Division
Board member. She has traveled extensively and served as a
chaperone for children from the United States who visit schools in
other countries, such as Russia and Cuba.
Alice's husband, Stephen, is an investment advisor and president
of Essex Investment Management. They have three married children:
Ellen, formerly a director of neonatal intensive care initiatives
at the National March of Dimes in New York; John, a financial
advisor with Wm. Harris Investors in Chicago; and Nancy, who has
completed five Boston Marathons as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon
Challenge team, is a trader with Longwood Investments in Boston.
Their pleasure is increased with five grandchildren.
Contributing to the growth of the Friends is a top priority for
Alice. She said, "The people I have met, the experiences I have
had, and the friends I have made at Dana-Farber have provided a
very special meaning for me. I am particularly proud and humbled to
have been elected recently as an Institute Trustee."
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