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WVC Grad Dr. Larry W. Lutz

Dr. Larry W. Lutz
Dr. Larry W. Lutz


The time was September, 1961, the opening of the first day of classes at the new Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Illinois – an historical event for the College, for the first class of students, as well as for the entire community! 

Larry W. Lutz, a 1961 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, was one of that very first class of students to begin their college careers at Bluff Cottage, a former residence near Mt. Carmel High School, and the first home for this new community college. 

Larry had the opportunity to attend college at another university on a baseball scholarship, but chose WVC, citing that he wanted to give more attention to his academics. Other reasons which affected his decision to start at Wabash Valley were: “Education was excellent and I was familiar with the faculty; tuition was free and I was able to work at Kroger’s also; close to home – 2 blocks to college; personal attention was given – there were only 18 in my graduating class.”

Larry W. Lutz, M. D., whose specialty is Family Practice, has been in medical practice for 35 years and is with Deaconess Clinic, Deaconess Medical Group, in Ft. Branch, IN. He lives in Evansville, IN with his wife, the former Kitty Fiensy. Married for 45 years, they are the parents of a daughter, Julie, and a son, Matthew, both attorneys with Fox & Lutz in Evansville. They also have two grandchildren, Timmy (9) and Matthew (5). 

After graduating in that first WVC graduation in 1963 as valedictorian, Larry Lutz transferred to the University of Evansville, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966 and a Master’s of Science degree in 1969. He then attended Indiana University School of Medicine, completing those studies in 1977, after which he completed his residency at St. Mary’s Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in 1980. Dr. Lutz’s academic achievements continued after WVC; he was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Evansville while achieving both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees; and he graduated with honors and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society at Indiana University Medical School. 

Dr. Lutz has been in private practice since 1980. His Association Memberships include: Board Certified Family Practice 1980 and American Academy of Family Physicians, 1980-Present. His Licensure: Indiana Medical License Board 1977-Present, Fifty plus Continuing Medical Units per year. 

Wabash Valley College continues to be the “Gateway to Opportunity” for students from many walks of life who are pursuing a variety of goals. WVC has proven to be the “Ticket to Success” for the thousands of graduates who have demonstrated their success in professional and occupational careers all over the country – Dr. Larry W. Lutz, a member of that very first graduating class at Wabash Valley College in 1963, is one of those “Success Stories!”

Note: Wabash Valley College is celebrating their 50th Anniversary, 1960-2010.

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