Generous in Every Language

When Ann Gut ’50 graduated from Russell Sage College with a degree in chemistry, it was just the beginning of her achievements. She started her career in the labs of the C.F. Kettering Foundation in Ohio and the Worcester Foundation for Experimental
Biology in Massachusetts.


Today, Ann is an accomplished cook, avid traveler, and magnanimous alumna. She recently gave a significant leadership gift to The Sage Colleges, which will help prepare today’s Sage students for their own achievements.


“I thought it was important to give to Sage because there are so many young women who relish the opportunities that come with education,” she said. “And I gave unrestricted because I knew from the foundations that when people give gifts for a very specific purpose it sometimes stymies research. President Neff knows best where to use my contribution.”

Ann Gut ’50 hosted a traditional American
Thanksgiving for guests from around the world in Zurich in November. Her Sage ring holds the scarf around her neck.


She added that she was further inspired by the generosity of fellow alumnae like Emily Mantilia ’51, who was profiled in The Sage Ring newsletter. Ann has fond memories of Russell Sage and Troy. “Of course I adored Miss Van (beloved chemistry professor
Grace Van Dervoort) and another favorite professor had a boat and would take groups of students out on the Hudson on days off.”


“The other thing that I appreciate is that Russell Sage has remained a women’s college,” said Ann, adding that her daughter, Marlyse Gut Turkavka, is a member of Russell Sage’s Class of 1976. “There is a lot to be said for fostering women’s leadership.”