Born: Sep­tem­ber 13, 1877, Mt. Ayr, Io­wa.

Died: May 15, 1958, Clare­mont, Ca­li­for­nia.

Buried: For­est Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Green­cas­tle, In­di­a­na.

Pseudonym: John Por­ter.


Robert was the son of Eras­tus Gil­more Mc­Cutch­an and Mar­ga­ret An­der­son Edie Mc­Cutch­an.

A not­ed hym­nol­o­gist, he stu­died at Park Col­lege, Park­ville, Mis­sou­ri, and Simp­son College, In­di­an­o­la, Io­wa (BM 1904).

He went on to teach voice at Bak­er Un­i­ver­si­ty in Bald­win, Kan­sas, and found­ed the con­ser­va­to­ry of mu­sic there in 1910.

Af­ter fur­ther stu­dy in Ger­ma­ny and France, in 1911 he be­came dean of mu­sic at De­Pauw Un­i­ver­si­ty in Green­cas­tle, In­di­a­na, ser­ving there 26 years.

McCutchan al­so helped com­pile the Me­thod­ist Hym­nal in 1936.

His works in­clude:

  1. Campmeeting
  2. DePauw
  3. Fowler