Leaving a Legacy of Education
Greta Kutzner has a deep love for the Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM). This love stems from three generations of the Kutzner family having attended the School of Medicine and going on to distinguished careers in the medical field. Greta, the founder of a Vision 2020 School of Medicine scholarship, established the named scholarship of which she and her late husband, Waldemar “Wally” Kutzner, had dreamed.
Wally, a farm boy from Alberta, Canada, was the first of his family to attend LLUSM, followed by DeAnn, spouse of Wally and Greta’s son, Mickey Kutzner. DeAnn and Mickey’s daughter, Emily Kutzner, graduated at the top of the School of Medicine 2017 Class — and in the 99th percentile in the national medical licensing exam. She is currently in her second year of residency in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, with the ultimate goal of specialization in hand surgery. Emily’s brother, Andrew, graduated a year later and is currently in his intern year of residency in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at the same hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Wally’s career included many years as staff doctor at Southern Missionary College — now Southern Adventist University — in addition to his private practice. Greta managed a pharmacy in Collegedale, Tennessee. Wally and Greta’s children, Evonne Crook, Mickey Kutzner and Donnie Kutzner, share their parents’ passion for Adventist education. Their parents’ wish to give the gift of Adventist education through establishing a scholarship is one they hope to continue to uphold. Evonne is quick to recount her father’s gratitude for LLU and the dramatic difference the institution made in all of their lives.
“Wally and I always believed all students, Adventist and non-Adventist, could learn great lessons from the health message that Adventists believe,” Greta says. “No matter what someone believes, anyone can benefit from the idea of whole person care.”
The Kutzners are just one of many families with generations of family members being positively impacted by LLUH. They all express a desire to help give others the opportunity to attend Loma Linda University and make a difference in the world. The Kutzners represent the power of families who have been deeply rooted in the local or global community and their potential to leave a significant, named legacy.