JOHNSTOWN – On Friday, Nov. 20, the Foundation of FM will host its Ninth Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner honoring graduates Susanne Guttenberg ’77 and David Northrup ’66.
Susanne Guttenberg was born in Havana, Cuba. Her family left Cuba when she was a year old; Guttenberg spent her formative years between the Caribbean, the eastern seaboard, and New York City.
She retired from the modeling profession when she met and married her husband, Paul, and moved to Amsterdam. When the youngest of their four children began school, Guttenberg fulfilled one of her longtime dreams; she applied and was accept to FM’s Nursing program.
“I am indebted to many for the opportunities that were so important to my success but especially to my husband Paul Guttenberg for his vision, his advocacy, and perseverance in promoting the establishment of the community college that became FMCC,” says Guttenberg. “Every one of my children, grandchildren and presently my great granddaughter have attended FM. It was certainly the foundation for my career and the genesis of my Master’s degree from Sage College.”
Dave Northrup grew up in Amsterdam and graduated from high school there in 1964. He was a member of the first class to graduate FM in 1966.
“The college occupied the old Johnstown High School building and one house across South Perry Street during those first two years,” says Northrup. “Because of the school’s size, the faculty and the students had a sense that the educational program was very much a shared experience. When June 1966 came around we all took a lot of pride in the sense of accomplishment that went with that first graduation.”
After spending thirty years teaching English, Northrup is now enjoying a second career as a writer. Northrup resides in Rochester, NY, with his wife Janet.
The evening will also include special recognition of FM’s Scholarship Program donors and student recipients. Keynote Speaker for the event will be Rick Frasier, Owner of Miracle Ear, Johnstown.
To make a reservation, or for further details, contact FM’s Foundation Office at 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8020.