Loras College will unveil a bust of Father Eugene Kutsch (’47) this fall as a result of a Fundraiser initiated by members of the Loras Class of 1969.
“Fr. Kutsch served Loras College and its students faithfully and with much eloquence for 13 years,” Dr. George Wilson (’69) and Kevin Malone (’69) said in a letter to classmates. “His support to all students, but particularly to those of color, during his time as the Dean of Students is something that will be and should be, forever honored.”
Fr. Kutsch served as Dean of Men beginning in 1956 until 1969. Responsible for the well-being of the students, he witnessed first-hand the social changes that marked the 1960s and was looked upon as an ally due to his fairness and concern for all people.
“Fr. Kutsch embodies all the attributes one would expect to find in a great priest,” President Jim Collins (’84) said. “He is humble, kind, and faithful. He has always advocated for peace, justice, and inclusion. I am grateful to the Loras Class of 1969 for their willingness to recognize this beloved and principled man. For Loras, this offers us the long-overdue opportunity to offer well-deserved recognition For Fr. Kutsch, especially as he stood with our students of color during a very tumultuous time.”
In their letter, Dr. Wilson and Malone stressed his focus on equity for all.
“Father Kutsch’s commitment to social justice, vision for fairness, unwavering commitment to equality, service to God, friendship and willingness to sacrifice his career for these principles made him a catalyst for change at Loras.”
The Class of 1969, along with other Loras graduates, raised more than $10,000 to commemorate Fr. Kutsch. The bronze bust is currently in production and will be placed this fall at a high profile location on campus. More information will be provided once the dedication date is determined.