David A. Dutrow Jr.

October 4, 1915 - December 22, 2006

10/04/1915 - 12/22/2006

Past Services

Wednesday December 27, 2006
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home ñ Riverside Chapel
7415 River Rd
Newport News, VA 23607
757-245-1525 | Directions
Thursday December 28, 2006
1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home ñ Riverside Chapel
7415 River Rd
Newport News, VA 23607
757-245-1525 | Directions
Thursday December 28, 2006
2:00 pm
Peninsula Memorial Park
12750 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606
757/930-1197 | Directions

Newport News – David A. Dutrow, Jr., 91 a resident of the Chesapeake Retirement Community of Newport News, VA passed away on Friday, December 22, 2006.

He was born in Newport News, VA on October 4, 1915 to David Andrew Dutrow and Mary Selden Dutrow, both predeceased, and was the husband of Sue Owen Dutrow, who passed away in 2003.

Mr. Dutrow graduated from John Marshall High School in Richmond, VA and the University of Richmond with a BA degree. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newport News where he taught Sunday school, served as an Elder and a Deacon, and sang in the church choir and later the Wythe Presbyterian Church of Hampton, again singing in the choir.
He had a lifelong career at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. and its successor companies and retired in 1975 as a supervisor in the Cost Engineering Department. A beloved husband and father, he also was the president of the Greater Peninsula Swimming Association, participated in Masters Swimming and was a National Masters Champion and National Record Holder. He was a member of the Harmonizing Four Quartet. In recent years he derived much pleasure from friends at the Hampton YMCA and later the Victory Family YMCA of Yorktown, where he swam each day, and at the Dutrow Elementary School of Newport News, which was named for his father, the former Superintendent of Schools in Newport News.
He is survived by his daughter Mary and husband Frank Emerson, of Baltimore, MD; his son, Dr. David A. Dutrow III of Derwood, MD; and his daughter Virginia and husband David Allsopp, of Germantown, MD; four grandchildren, David, Matthew, Robert, and Elizabeth Allsopp.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 27 from 7:00-8:30 pm with a funeral service Thursday December 28, at 1:00 pm at Riverside Altmeyer Funeral Home 7415 River Road by the Reverend Arthur F. Jensen, with burial immediately following at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Wythe Presbyterian Church at 151 Robinson Rd. Hampton, VA 23661, Victory Family YMCA at 101 Long Green Blvd. Yorktown, VA or Dutrow School PTA at 60 Curtis Tignor Rd. Newport News, VA Please visit this memorial at altmeyer.com. Arrangements entrusted to Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home.

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Dave & Mary Patterson
8 years ago

David was always a joy to encounter at church two pews in front of us and when he would come to swim at the Y. We celebrated his birthdays at the Y with PBJ sandwiches which seemed to please him in its simplicity.

What an amazing man who will be missed much.

D & M

Brooke Buttles Eure
8 years ago

Dear Family, In see the passing of your father has brought back such fond memories of all of us on the Wythe swimm team. He is with the love of his life now. Fondly Brooke Buttles Eure

David M McInnis
8 years ago

Mr Dutrow will be greatly missed. I knew him mainly here at the Hampton Family YMCA where he swam until his move to NN. He has touched so many lives and been a true inspiration to the community and to swimming as well.

Kelly Steinmetz O'Neill
8 years ago

Mr. Dutrow was one-of-a-kind!

His daughter, Ginny, was my swim coach in 1976 at Willow Oaks. I was 10 and Mr. Dutrow showed me how to do a flip turn. He was in the pool with me and would lead me into the wall and through the flip. He was very patient.

Over the years… we would talk about him teaching me that turn. I would run into him at the Hampton YMCA or more recently at the Victory YMCA and we would smile again as we remembered that day.

He taught my mother to swim and organized the Dutrow’s Dolphins swim group. He was always happy to share his time and talents. My parents and I will remember him fondly.

Sandy Young
8 years ago

My daughter, Brooke, attended Dutrow Elementary and was so extremely excited to see Mr. Dutrow in person at the YMCA. He was a warm soul who will be missed.

G. Mark Buttles
8 years ago

This is a very sad day for a lot of people because he touched so many lives. I met David when I was 10 years old at, as most of you, the pool. He taught me so much about swimming and life. Through high school he seemed to be there just when I seem to be struggling with some aspect of swimming and he seemed to know just what to do to help me. Through out my next 45 years he seemed to walk in and out of my life just to let me remember how special and kind he really was, not just to me but to everyone he would meet. The good memories of Dave will never leave us, he will never be forgotten. He has always been a good friend of my parent and all 8 of my brothers and sisters.

Sis Ann Buttles
8 years ago

Your Dad was a very fine man and taught alot of my brothers and sisters too swim. I am sorry for your loss but am happy to of been one of his students.