Suter’s colleagues recognized his passion for nurturing young minds. Small described him as a leader with clear, unselfish goals who created a “Camelot.”
Suter left Gainesville for Washington, D.C., in 1972 to direct international medical education efforts at the Association of American Medical Colleges, and later joined the Veterans Administration’s Continuing Education Center.
He returned to the College of Medicine as a resident educational consultant, assisting with re-accreditation efforts and working with the Office of Educational Affairs from 1991 to 1997.
In this position, Suter spearheaded an initiative to develop a stronger infrastructure for the college’s mission and worked to improve existing plans, such as the continuing medical education program.
Later, at his 90th birthday party, he would refer to these six years as some of the most rewarding of his professional career.
“He became my No. 1 mentor during this time,” said Robert Watson, MD ’69, a student during Suter’s deanship and the former senior associate dean for educational affairs, who worked with him upon his return to UF.
“I have never met anyone else like him, ever,” Watson said.