The Potsdam Rotary Club recently recognized Rev. William R. Cuthbert with the Service Above Self Award.
The club honored Cuthbert for his outstanding contributions to the Potsdam community, according to a club spokesperson.
Now retired, he was pastor of the First Baptist Church (ABC) in Potsdam and South Colton Community (United Methodist) Church, before his retirement in 1997.
Cuthbert now serves on the Canton Enriched Housing Program, United Helpers and Mayfield Apartments boards. He is a surrogate decision-maker for the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and also serves on the Sunmount Developmental Center board of visitors.
He is chairman of the New York State Baptist Foundation for Campus Ministry, and served as clerk of the North Country Association of American Baptist Churches.
He served for 21 years as Potsdam Neighborhood Center Advisory Board chairman and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley board of directors president. Cuthbert has also been active in the Boy Scouts, serving as both assistant district commissioner for Cub Scout roundtables and as the institutional representative for Potsdam area scouts.
Cuthbert is also a recipient of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Board of Directors Service Award for his "exceptional services" to the hospital and community.
He is a past Rotary Club president, a Paul Harris Fellow and founding chair of the club's award-winning vocational service committee.
Cuthbert received his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan and his master of divinity degree from Colgate-Rochester Seminary in Rochester. He came to Potsdam with his late wife, Crystal, in 1968.