Fort Lewis College professor Ginny Graham Hutchins died from a form of brain cancer called glioblastoma Saturday, June 16, 2012, at her home in Durango. She was 41.
Mrs. Hutchins was born to Hugh and Lou Ann Graham on July 5, 1970, in Midland, Texas. She grew up in Midland and graduated from Midland schools. After attending Southwest University in Georgetown, Texas, Mrs. Hutchins earned her doctorate in pharmacology from the Health Science Center at the University of Texas in Houston.
In 2000, she married James Hutchins in Houston.
Mrs. Hutchins furthered her education as a participant in the Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education Program, which encourages minorities to study the sciences, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Hutchins family moved to Durango in 2004 after she was offered a teaching position at Fort Lewis College, where she was an associate professor of biology.
“She was always a teacher,” her husband, James Hutchins, said.
Mrs. Hutchins was a member of the hand bell choir at the First Presbyterian Church of Durango, where she was an active member.
“She loved her family and especially enjoyed travel, hiking, camping and the Colorado outdoors,” her family said.
Mrs. Hutchins is survived by her husband of 12 years, Jim Hutchins, of Durango; daughters Megan Hutchins and Emma Hutchins, both of Durango; brother, Hugh Graham, of San Francisco; sister, Sharon Graham, of Greeley; half-sister, Shannon Mitchell, of Fayetteville, Ark.; and an aunt.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The Rev. Susan Blue will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ginny Hutchins Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 200 W. College Drive, Durango, CO 81301. The funds will be used for her children’s education.