Henry Critchfield Hutson dedicated most of his professional life, and a lot of his personal life, to education — a noble cause, to be sure.
During his years as a teacher and then headmaster of Christ School in Arden, N.C., Sewanee Academy in Sewanee, Tenn., and East Cooper School in Mount Pleasant, he earned the love of thousands of young people and the respect of his faculty and peers.
Further, he spent his off-work hours in support of education, serving on boards for the College of Charleston, the University of the South, Christ School, Charleston Day School, and St. Andrew’s-Sewanee.
He was a member of the National Historic Railway Museum, and when many had given up on the struggling Best Friend of Charleston Railway Museum, he remained its ardent supporter.
His lifelong friend William (Bo) Morrison described Mr. Hutson as a delightful, caring person. “He was a gentleman, always doing the right thing at the right time.”
That “right thing” included enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17 during World War II. He was recalled to service in the Korean War, and retired as a major after 20 years in the Marine Corps Reserves.
He was a devoted family man and an active member of St. Philip’s Church. The list of fraternal organizations to which he belonged is long and speaks to his fondness of Charleston and his many friends here. Despite being gone from the city for more than 30 years, he still considered Charleston his home when he returned for good in 1987.
Mr. Hutson’s commitment to his country and to young people and their education is an enduring legacy for this fine son of Charleston.