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Bertram Caruthers

Bertram Caruthers (Dr. Bertram Caruthers, Sr.) was born in West Point, Mississippi.  His family moved to Kansas City when he was four years old.  Dr. Caruthers attended Stowe Elementary School, Northeast Junior High School, and Sumner High School.  He graduated from Sumner in 1929; received his B.A in 1933 and his M.A. in 1935 from the University of Kansas.  His Ed.D. Degree was received from the University of Nebraska (1966).

His educational career in the Kansas City, Kansas school system included principalship of Attucks Elementary School and Hawthorne Elementary School; Supervisor of Science (K-12) and Coordinator of Adult Basic Education at Community Junior College.  Dr. Caruthers was heavily involved in his community and numerous civic organizations.

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Wed, Oct. 02, 2002, Kansas City Star Newspaper

School name change

During a ceremony Saturday, school administrators will officially change the name of Hawthorne Elementary School to Bertram Caruthers Elementary School.

Community members asked for the change, arguing that the late Caruthers worked diligently as a school district administrator and civic leader. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the school, 11th Street and Waverly Avenue, with an open house following at 4 p.m.

Caruthers grew up in Kansas City, Kan., and graduated from Sumner High School. He taught at Northeast Junior High School, was principal at Attucks and Hawthorne elementary schools, supervised the district's science programs and was an administrative assistant to the superintendent.

He is also well known for his work with the Red Cross, Turner House, Wyandotte Mental Health Association and many other organizations.

Caruthers retired from the school district in 1977 and died in April 2002, shortly after the school board voted to approve the name change.

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