Billie Ann Dutter

January 10, 1928October 8, 2013

Billie Ann Dutter, 85, a resident of Greenwich for 53 years, passed away peacefully at her home in Greenwich on October 8, 2013, after a brave 10-month battle with cancer. She touched the lives of all who had the good fortune of knowing her fearless spirit, her generous nature, her force of personality and, most of all, her boundless love.

Billie was passionate about her family and her close friends. She cherished time with them and loved to entertain guests in Greenwich and in Tucson, Arizona, where she and her husband Philip spent winters for over 25 years. She was a world traveler, a lover of art, architecture and fine cuisine, a devoted Yankee fan, an inveterate mystery reader, and a master of board games. Her devotion to her grandchildren was unparalleled.

She was born on January 10, 1928, in Huntington, Indiana, the only child of Carl Marquart and Alma Schaefer. She grew up surrounded by a close-knit extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles in the Schaefer and Drover families; her ancestor Henry Drover, an emigrant from Prussia, had been a founder of Huntington in the late 1850s.

After graduating from Huntington High School in 1945, she attended Purdue University knowing that her parents would only be able to afford a single year of higher education. Following her brief collegiate experience, she graduated from International Business College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and helped manage Kerber Jewelers in Ft. Wayne.

She met her future husband, Philip Dutter, in 1949. After their wedding in February 1950, they moved to New York City, where Billie supported Philip as he attended the NYU School of Business. She became an executive assistant at the McCann Erickson advertising agency, where she worked for the legendary executives Marion Harper Jr. and Emerson Foote. She left McCann after the birth of her first son, Gordon, in 1960; she had her second son, Andrew, in 1964.

Billie volunteered tirelessly in the Greenwich public schools, first as president of the North Street School PTA and then leading numerous parent-teacher initiatives at Central Junior High School and Greenwich High School. She was pool and swim team chair at the Greenwich Country Club during the 1970s and was treasurer of Greenwich’s state champion Sharks Swim Team.

She leaves behind her adoring husband of 63 years, Philip; her son Gordon and his wife Anna of Springwater, NY; her son Andrew and his wife Amy of Fairfield, CT; and her three grandchildren, Timothy, Jeffrey and Kyle, of Fairfield, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kids in Crisis at or 203-622-6556. To leave an online condolence please visit


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Alison Crowley

October 31, 2013

That big, warm hug and those tears of joy she always shed, because she was so damned happy to see you! I loved her. She was always so kind to me….to all of us. She was so strong and so tender…and wasn't afraid to be either... or both. I loved her for that! She's forever in my heart. Sending our love to you all....Alison & Jerry

October 21, 2013

My condolences to the family
May the God of all comfort provide you with the strength needed to cope with your loss.

October 17, 2013

Andy and family,Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Your mom was an important piece of the GCC swimming landscape during our youth. From all the Sinnotts

October 16, 2013

Phil, Gordon & Andy
We are all deeply saddened by your loss of Billie. Many fond memories we have from the neighborhood and spending time with the family and Billie through the years. Our thoughts are with you all at a difficult time.
Love, Gordon Jamieson, Jamie, Susan and Nancy

george poillon jr

October 16, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to all of you on your loss. We will remember Billie in our prayers. Sincerely, George M. Poillon, jr and family.

October 15, 2013

I have had the pleasure of socializing with Mrs. Dutter on and off over the years as a long time friend of Karin Stoever's. I admired her wit and spirit and will miss her presence at the next gathering. My thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family as you struggle to cope with your loss. She was a great lady and will be sorely missed. Sincerely--Helen Bryant

Andy Healy

October 15, 2013

Andy and family, I was so sad to see of her passing. Everyone liked your mom and everyone's mom liked your mom. She was a class act all the way. I am truly sorry for your loss. I have great memories of her warmth at North Street School.

Andy Healy

Peter Kirwan

October 15, 2013

Things will never be the same for all of us that knew her. She will be greatly missed.

Bill Cleveland

October 15, 2013

Very sorry to learn of your loss. Mrs. Dutter was always a kind and supportive woman.

Best wishes,
Bill C.