LSOE's Nuttall, Corporate Citizenship's Coutsoukis Die

LSOE's Nuttall, Corporate Citizenship's Coutsoukis Die

The Boston College community mourned the deaths this summer of Prof. Ronald Nuttall (LSOE) and Platon E. Coutsoukis, assistant director of research and policy development at the BC Center for Corporate Citizenship.

Mr. Nuttall, a member of the BC faculty since 1966, died on Aug. 3 in his Wellfleet home. He was 64.

In one of his most noted research projects, Mr. Nuttall and two colleagues found that Chinese-American pupils who studied Chinese did significantly better in the mathematics portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Mr. Nuttall and his fellow researchers theorized that the talents required to decipher the complex Chinese language, with its thousands of individual word-characters, might also be effective in solving math problems.

Mr. Nuttall joined the University as an associate professor of psychology and also worked as an associate in BC's Institute of Human Sciences. In 1969, Mr. Nuttall became an associate professor of education and director of the Laboratory for Statistical and Policy Research.

He is survived by his wife, Ena Vazquez-Nuttall, of Newton; his children, Key L. Nuttall of Seattle and Kim H. Nuttall of Somerville; his mother, Carrie (Linford) Nuttall of Provo, Utah; and his sisters, Karen Rhodes of Provo, Utah, Cathy Howard of Oren, Utah and Wendy Phillips of Solon, Ohio.

Donations may be made in his name to the Lynch School of Education Graduate Fund.

Mr. Coutsoukis died of a heart attack while playing soccer on Aug. 4. He was 46.

Arriving at BC in the early 1990s as a doctoral student in sociology, Mr. Coutsoukis became an award-winning statistics teacher and worked as a research assistant at the Social Welfare Research Institute. He co-authored the book, Gospels of Wealth: How the Rich Portray Their Lives, and in May received his doctorate.

In 2000 Mr. Coutsoukis joined the Center for Corporate Citizenship as assistant director of Research and Policy Development, where he applied his ground-breaking doctoral research in assisting corporations contribute to the social well-being of their communities.

In addition to his wife Sandra A. Houde and their son Christopher, of Arlington, Mr. Coutsoukis leaves his mother Amalia Elgazzar and father Panoyiotis Coutsoukis; his godparents Irene Vartele and Lou Mammos; and brother Paris of Athens, Greece.

Contributions may be made to the Christopher Coutsoukis College Fund, c/o Center for Corporate Citizenship, 55 Lee Road, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.


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