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College Honors Service of Dr. Robert Lutz

by | Apr 15, 2021

Dr. Robert Lutz was honored for his work as the teams’ physician during a 2020 basketball game.


Dr. Robert Lutz spent 30 years in the Army and came back to his alma mater to be the Teams’ Physician for the athletes at Davidson. That “retired” life schedule was turned upside down with COVID. He quickly transitioned into the role of medical advisor to the college. Recently, the college recognized his service – noting that “his countless contributions have allowed the college to remain open to students as a residential campus during a very difficult time.”

The college recognized him with the following resolution at the most recent Board of Trustees’ meeting.



Davidson College Medical Advisor


WHEREAS, Robert Lutz, Davidson Class of 1987 and On-Campus Medical Advisor, has served alma mater as chief medical advisor on all matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020-2021 Academic Year; and

WHEREAS, in his role, he has led the college’s program of testing students and essential faculty and staff for the virus, tracing the contacts of those who test positive, and arranging quarantine housing and medical care for those affected; and

WHEREAS, he has served as a trusted advisor in operational decisions the college made in response to the pandemic, providing wise counsel to the senior planning team; and

WHEREAS, he has provided opportunities for students to receive excellent care and support from Atrium Health, a Charlotte-based health care leader, including the opportunity for students to be vaccinated on campus; and

WHEREAS, his unfailing good humor, endless patience, and deep commitment to care for our students has buoyed our spirits throughout this year; and

WHEREAS, his faithful service to alma mater and to country extend well beyond this past year, including serving as a physician in the U.S. Army for three decades, through 14 deployments around the globe, including active combat theaters in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria; leading “Continuing the Mission,” a non-profit he and his wife, Suzy Lutz, co-founded that helps returning veterans with PTSD by pairing them with service dogs; serving as Davidson’s primary care sports physician since August 2018; and serving as a physician with Atrium Health; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Robert Lutz’s contributions to the college during the COVID-19 pandemic have been indispensable and have allowed the college to remain open to students as a residential college during this particularly difficult time.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board in formal session on April 13, 2021, does gratefully acknowledge the service and dedication of Dr. Robert Lutz.