Pitt researcher took creative approach to problems
Dr. Kim Sutton-Tyrrell was regarded as a pioneer in cardiovascular health research at the University of Pittsburgh.
As an epidemiologist, Dr. Sutton-Tyrrell was a meticulous yet creative researcher who enjoyed scientific discovery, said Dr. Anne Newman, chair of the school's department of epidemiology.
Dr. Kim Sutton-Tyrrell of Upper St. Clair, professor and vice chair for academics in the graduate school of public health's epidemiology department, died of cancer on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in the Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon. She was 54.
“Kim was also a woman dedicated to several charitable organizations,” said her husband, Mark Tyrrell. “Kim was creative, especially with jewelry.”
She operated her own company, KST Creations, and donated her profits to the Evelyn Wei Scholarship Foundation, named after Pitt researcher Evelyn Wei, who died in an automobile accident, Tyrrell said. She supported the food bank at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, where she was a member.
Born in South Park and raised in Mt. Lebanon, Kim Sutton was one of four children of Jean Harrison Sutton and the late Harry Sutton.
In 1976, after graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School — where she was an active member of the school's dance team and pep squad — she went on to receive her bachelor's degree in nursing from Penn State University and her doctoral degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh. She married in 1987.
“What impressed me during the early days of our marriage, and continued, was her availability to her family, her patients and her colleagues,” Tyrrell said. “The questions she would ask when confronted with a problem would be what was possible and what can be done.”
In addition to her husband, Dr. Sutton-Tyrrell is survived by her children, Andy and Katie.
A public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3319 W. Liberty Ave. Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates
- Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured
- McIlroy, world’s No. 1 golfer, injures ankle playing soccer
- McCandless mom accused of drowning sons in tub to stand trial
- Ex-teammates say Kessel unfairly criticized
- Woman shot at Kennywood Park in ‘freak accident’
- Police check report of shot fired at Walter Reed hospital
- Projects to cause delays along O’Hara, Indiana Twp. roads
- Alle-Kiski farmers: Crops weather heavy rain
- McCutchen, Pirates hitters increasingly in crosshairs
- Westmoreland County on pace to surpass record for drug-related fatalities