Edward Sutula, 92, professor

Edward G. Sutula
Edward G. Sutula
Posted: November 30, 2012

Edward G. Sutula, 92, of Drexel Hill, professor emeritus of accounting at St. Joseph's University, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, of pneumonia at Sunrise of Haverford.

Mr. Sutula spent 40 years on the faculty at St. Joseph's before retiring in 1990. From 1950 to 1972, he was also an adjunct professor at Villanova University.

He taught more than 4,800 students whose lives he touched and influenced, his son Thomas said.

"Ed knew each student's name, even sometimes their parents', some aspect of their background, and was the go-to person when promising students wanted to seek the best jobs," said a colleague, Joseph M. Ragan. Many of Mr. Sutula's former students employed new graduates, Ragan said.

Bob Teti, a former student who is now an accounting instructor at St. Joseph's, said: "Ed is one of my models for my own teaching style. He was an expert in dealing with student questions. Once I mentioned that he gave me a C in a federal tax course. He was quick to retort, 'I didn't give you a C, you earned it.' "

In 1982, Mr. Sutula was recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. The next year, the Edward G. Sutula Alumni Partners' Chair of Accounting was the first academic chair to be established at St. Joseph's. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of accounting at St. Joseph's commencement in 1991.

A native of Bristol, Conn., Mr. Sutula was one of nine children born to Polish immigrants.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces as a statistical control officer for a bomber command in Florida.

Mr. Sutula earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Villanova in 1949 and a master's in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. He became a certified public accountant in 1955.

In 1947, he married Emily Begay.

He loved Big Five basketball, especially the St. Joseph's Hawks, and regularly attended home games until five years ago, his son Michael said.

In addition to his sons, Mr. Sutula is survived by a twin sister, Genevieve Bogdanski; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1979.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Spencer T. Videon Funeral Home, 400 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church, 1035 Turner Ave., Drexel Hill. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.

Donations may be made to the Edward G. Sutula Scholars Fund, St. Joseph's University, 5600 City Ave., Philadelphia 19131-1395.

Contact Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.

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