When Beverly Cutler retired in 1995, Robert Patterson, then dean of the School of Education, said,
“This woman is legendary for her goodness, virtue, generosity, and total inability to think or act in any negative, disparaging, or unkind way. She is uncompromisingly consistent in her dedication to serve and benefit others.”
Beverly grew up in Salt Lake City, graduated from the University of Utah in elementary education, and taught school. Soon after she and her family had moved to the East Coast, her husband died unexpectedly. The young widow returned to Utah with her five children, obtained a master’s degree at BYU, and then earned a PhD from Stanford in child development.
With her love and enthusiasm for teaching, she joined the faculty at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, setting up the early childhood program there. Along with her teaching, she started a journal for early childhood education and established a readiness center nursery.
In 1969 Beverly joined the faculty at BYU. For the next 26 years she was an active member of the university community: teaching, serving on countless university and state committees, and continuing activity in professional organizations related to early childhood education and teacher education. When she was made associate dean in the College of Education, she became the first woman faculty member to hold a major administrative assignment in the college. She directed the first student teaching cohort in China and returned to China in 2000 to teach in Xiam. She gained international recognition as a scholar and researcher in the eld of early childhood education.
Beverly served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spain, Romania, and Vietnam. In each country she shared her skills and knowledge to improve education, child care, and family life.
Beverly is grateful for all the wonderful opportunities she has had and feels there is much more to do. Currently she is working on family history and serving in the Provo and Salt Lake temples.