Kathryn Falb Gutz ’57
Teacher, former associate dean of admission, and co-founder of the Kappa Theta sorority Kathryn Falb Gutz ’57, died Oct. 27. She was 78.
In 1954, Gutz was one of five women hand-picked by college administrators to start a new social group. She and the others spent a week preparing and then launched Kappa Theta, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
Gutz earned a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and taught at the Cedar Rapids Community School District for several years before retiring to raise a family. She returned to Cornell and spent 16 years in the Admission office, retiring as an associate dean of admission. She was instrumental in the college’s recruiting efforts in Colorado, which became and remains one of the top states represented in the student body. After her retirement, she served several terms on the college’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.
She is survived by her husband, John; two daughters, including Julia Gutz Moeller ’88; three grandchildren; and two brothers.