Roy Clifton Sutton, III, MD

Class Year



Posted on: November 20, 2017

Roy Clifton Sutton, III, MD, 64, went home after a courageous battle with cancer on October 23, 2017.

He was born at DePaul Hospital, Norfolk, VA on March 19, 1953; graduated from Lake Taylor High School. He received a bachelors and masters in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. His Medical Doctor degree was awarded from Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. At Stanford University he did a neurosurgery internship and residency. Here he also completed 2 years of neurosurgical research, publishing key articles using carrier agents to deliver chemotherapy to brain tumors. At the University of Virginia he completed a clinical and anatomical pathology residency and a neuropathology fellowship where he was a prestigious Rubinstein fellow.

His proudest professional achievements included the numerous awards he received from medical school classes where he taught pathology and neuropathology. More significant; his groundwork setting the stage for treating gliomas using medication carriers.

He loved California and the Bay Area was where he left his heart. Jogging along the Stanford dish, through Rancho San Antonio and through the streets of San Francisco during the Bay to Breakers was his favorite activities. Studying physics and romantic languages was his lifelong pastime.

He considered his greatest achievements those of using what God had blessed him with to being a devoted and loving husband and father and to saving many lives with his surgical skills and expertise.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon “Sherry” Sutton, a son, Patrick; a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, a daughter, Summer; a Masters in English candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA and a sister, Elyse Lemaire of Arlington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Stanford University, including a note indicating use for Neurosurgery Tumor Research. Condolences may be offered to the family at