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In Memory of Todd Gutschow


Todd Gutschow's work in education to support students was well known and appreciated by many, especially by all of us at AVID. Additional information and a larger reflection concerning Todd's life and contributions will be communicated later this week.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to AVID Center, which works to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Donations may be mailed to 9797 Aero Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123, or made online via credit card at https://my.avid.org/donations/default.aspx.


Mr. Gutschow was an active supporter of children-related organizations. He was a board member of the Classroom of the Future Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, AVID Center, the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, and the Poway Wrestling Foundation. He was also a member of the San Diego Foundation's Scholarship Committee and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee. He was a former school board member of the Poway Unified School District.


Mr. Gutschow retired from Fair Isaac & Company in February 2003. Prior to retiring, he spent 16 years with HNC Software Incorporated (acquired by Fair Isaac), a company he co-founded in 1986. While with HNC, Mr. Gutschow played a number of significant roles in the development and commercialization of the company's software and hardware products. In particular, he was instrumental in developing neural network applications in a number of industries including banking, insurance, direct marketing, and retailing. Prior to starting HNC, Mr. Gutschow spent three years with TRW's Military Electronics and Avionics Division in San Diego.


Mr. Gutschow earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Harvard University. He and his wife Mari have three children. He was a part-time avocado grower and an aspiring golfer.