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FM Honors 2015 Distinguished Alumni

Posted: August 26, 2016

Suzanne & David

Suzanne & David

On Friday, November 20, the Foundation of FM honored Susanne Guttenberg and David Northrup at its Ninth Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner and Scholarship Recognition Ceremony held at Johnstown’s Holiday Inn.

Susanne Guttenberg, a 1977 graduate of FM, was born in Havana, Cuba. Her family left Cuba when she was a year old; Guttenberg spent her formative years between the Caribbean, the eastern seaboard, and New York City.

In her teen years, Guttenberg began modeling and graduated from a professional children’s school in New York City. She retired from the modeling profession when she met and married her husband, Paul, and moved to Amsterdam.  When the youngest of their four children began school, Guttenberg fulfilled one of her longtime dreams; she applied and was accept to FM’s Nursing program.

Shortly after graduation, Guttenberg had the unique opportunity to become a member of the initial mental health team that established the culture of St. Mary’s hospital in-patient mental health unit.

Dave Northrup grew up in Amsterdam and graduated from high school there in 1964. He was a member of the first class to graduate FM in 1966.

After spending thirty years teaching English, Northrup is now enjoying a second career as a writer. His short stories have been published in both print and electronic journals, and a number have been collected and published (in 2013) under the title The Memory of Broken Things. This past year Northrup expanded his work to include nonfiction by editing a history entitled The Mohawk Valley originally written by Hugh Donlon, an Amsterdam newspaperman and columnist of the first half of the twentieth century. He is donating the proceeds from the sale of the Donlon book to the Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley in Amsterdam.  More information can be found at www.davenorthrupbook.com.

Northrup resides in Rochester, NY, with his wife Janet.

The evening included keynote speaker Rick Frasier, President of Frasier Enterprises Inc.; recognition of FM’s Scholarship Program donors and student recipients; and, special recognition of Paul Guttenberg, one of the key people in helping to promote and establish Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

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2016 Dist Alum Form


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