BETHESDA, MD and formerly of Woodstock — There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 15 at 5 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Glen Echo, Md. for Robert Ian Grant-Suttie, 87, an international economist and man of letters, who died of congestive heart failure at his home on March 5. There will be a burial service at St. James in Woodstock to be announced this summer.
He was born on Dec. 3, 1926 in Scotland.
Mr. Grant-Suttie was educated at Wellington College and New College, Oxford, UK (Open Scholar), and served as an officer with The Black Watch in Palestine and the Northwest Frontier, India from 1945 -1948.
An economist by training, Mr. Grant-Suttie lived and worked in India and Rhodesia and subsequently came to the United States in 1967 to work for the International Monetary Fund in the African department.
Upon retirement, Mr. Grant-Suttie settled in Woodstock, and was best known as the elegant Scottish gentleman walking, cromach in hand, up his beloved Mt. Tom, along the Ottauquechee River or in the village. Friends and neighbors will always remember a witty, charming and brilliant Renaissance man who could engage with anyone on any subject. Mr. Grant-Suttie was prolific in his interests ever busy writing poems, creating exquisite watercolor paintings, and studying the great operas and symphonies. In addition, he was an accomplished gardener, a bee lover, a supporter of global conservation issues especially the Arctic and a scholar of many other erudite topics. A passionate student of Napoleonic history, Mr. Grant-Suttie penned a comprehensive biography of Le Marshall Jacques MacDonald, one of Napoleon’s top marshals. Though unpublished, Mr. Grant-Suttie was invited to present his findings at the Association Franco Ecossaise in Paris in April 2005 that was well received.
Survivors include his wife Juliet married 62 years; four children Atalanta, Francis, Roxana and James; and five grandchildren, Katherine, Lindsay, Ian, Ashley and Natalie.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in honor of Ian Grant-Suttie to The Wilderness Society’s Alaska and Arctic Program. The Wilderness Society, 1615 M Street, NW #2, Washington, DC 20036.
This obituary first appeared in the March 13, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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