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Obituaries from page 71

Longtime Physician

D

r. Robert M. Cutler, 76, of
Bloomfield Hills, died April
1, 2011.
He worked in private practice as an
allergist in Pontiac for 45 years.
Although on staff of St. Joseph
Mercy Hospital for his entire career,
at one time or another held the top
medical positions at the hospital. Dr.
Cutler was the former
chief of medicine at St.
Joseph Mercy as well as
their head of medical edu-
cation, which was his true
passion. He retired two
months ago, following his
cancer diagnosis.
Since his announce-
ment of retirement, he has
Dr. Robert
received dozens of letters
from his patients (often
two to three pages long) that thanked
him for the effectiveness and quality of
his care and the kindness and patience
with which he listened to their prob-
lems. Many said he was the best doctor
they had ever had.
Dr. Cutler was a graduate of the
University of Michigan for both
undergraduate studies and medi-
cal school and felt a deep connec-
tion to the school. He was an Army
captain for two years, working in
the Pentagon. He served under both
Presidents Kennedy and Johnson,
met both and was often assigned to

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Oak Park, died April
1, 2011.
She was an avid
animal lover, traveler,
Gone With the Wind
fan
and a fixture in
Nachman
the
neighborhood
for
c. 1960
over 50 years.
Mrs. Nachman is survived by
her husband, Alvin Nachman; son,
Jonathan Nachman of Berkley; nieces
and nephews, Michael, Elli, Tanya, Gail,
Mark, Barbara, Gary and Lori; sister-
in-law, Rochelle.
Mrs. Nachman was the dear sister of
the late Sidney, the late Arthur, the late
Gertrude.
Contributions may be made to
Jewish War Veterans, do Temple Beth
El, 7400 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield
Hills, MI 48301. Services and inter-
ment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery
in Birmingham. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

be the on-site physician at presiden-
tial speeches when they were given
in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cutler was
there to supply emergency medical
treatment in case of an assassination
attempt or any medical emergency.
He was a world traveler and art
collector.
Dr. Cutler is survived by his wife,
Nina Cutler; sons and
daughters-in-law, Dr.
Curt Cutler and Elaine
Tietjen of Calfornia, Dr.
Ken Cutler and Dr. Mai
Nguyen, also of California.
He is also survived by
Nina's children, David
and Lori Wigler, Amy
Wigler and Rabbi Michael
Cutler
Mellen; grandchildren,
Natalie Cutler, Isaiah
Cutler, Sofia Cutler, Jordan Cutler-
Tietjen, Sean Wigler, Amanda Wigler
and Jonah Mellen; sister and brother-
in-law, Judith and Robert Simmons of
Bloomfield Hills.
Dr. Cutler was the beloved husband
of the late Peggy Cutler.
Contributions may be made to
Care House of Oakland County,
Prevention, Protection of Child
Abuse and Neglect, 44765 Woodward
Avenue, Pontiac, MI 48341, www.
carehouse.org.
Arrangements by Ira Kaufman
Chapel. II

SUZANNE
STEFFIN
PORTNER, 61, of

Huntington Woods,
died April 1, 2011.
She was a lifelong
Detroiter, attending
Winship Jr. High and
Portner
Henry Ford High
School, where she
graduated magna cum laude in 1967.
She also graduated from Temple Israel
High School in 1967. Her early years
were shaped by attending summer
camp in Camp Nahelu in Ortonville.
She went on to the University of
Michigan, where she graduated with
honors with a B.S. in physical therapy
in 1971. Mrs. Portner was a physical
therapist at the Detroit Rehabilitation
Institute and Mount Carmel and
Sinai hospitals of Detroit. She was
an adjunct instructor at Wayne State
University and was the clinical coor-
dinator for the placement of physical
therapists from the program through-

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