Dr. Richard Gutowski Memorial Scholarship
Johnson Matthey Pledges $10,000 In Employee’s Honor
 

PR 076 – April 11, 2013

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Signing of the endowment

Pictured at the endowment signing are: (sitting, left to right) John DiCarlo and Robert Bullen-Smith of Johnson Matthey Inc. and Gutowski’s wife, Rosellen Gutowski; (standing, left to right) Foundation President Daniel Ball, III and GCC President Frederick Keating.

Deptford Twp. – Johnson Matthey Inc. recently pledged $10,000 to the Gloucester County College Foundation to establish the Dr. Richard Gutowski Memorial Scholarship, an endowment that will provide perpetual scholarships to worthy GCC students.

Gutowski, a well-loved and respected employee of Johnson Matthey for more than 30 years, died unexpectantly last April leaving behind friends and colleagues with a desire to keep his legacy alive. A long-time supporter of learning and education, Gutowski received his Ph.D. and bachelor degrees in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and later earned his Juris Doctor at Rutgers Law School in Camden, graduating in the top five percent of his class. A recognized expert in many of the varied disciplines of chemistry, Gutowski traveled around the world on behalf of the corporation.

“Rich valued education and was always willing to share his knowledge. It didn’t matter about the person’s position in the company. He was invaluable in that, a helper,” said Robert Bullen-Smith, general manager at Johnson Matthey. “He gave me a lot of his wisdom and leaves behind many friends.”

“A strong advocate for education and supporter of student scholarships, the endowment is an excellent way to share Dr. Gutowski’s passion for knowledge and his wish to improve the lives of others,” said GCC Foundation President Daniel Ball of his colleague, who served on the Foundation’s scholarship committee.

 The Dr. Richard Gutowski Memorial Scholarship establishes a $500 award annually to a Gloucester County full-time student majoring in one of the physical sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, engineering) or related fields maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher. The scholarship may be applied to tuition, books or fees. An essay and recommendation from a high school teacher, guidance counselor or college professor are also required.

 “Richard had a passion for knowledge and the blessing to share it,” explained his wife, Rosellen Gutowski. "This is a perfect way to remember him. The college is responding to a need in the community and recognizing the talents of students.  Richard’s legacy, his attitude for learning, knowledge and caring, will live on.”

“We are pleased that Johnson Matthey has provided this endowment scholarship in remembrance of Dr. Richard Gutowski, an admired and valued employee,” said GCC President Frederick Keating.  “This generous contribution to the College’s Foundation and our students will carry on his love of learning and education.”

The 250-acre GCC campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.