Bachelor, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1936. Master of Fine Arts, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1942. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1958.
Sutermeister Merritt received a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1942 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Princeton University. From 1942 to 1945 he served in the United States Army. But in 1946, before the completion of his dissertation, he accepted an assistant position at the University of Rochester.
Prior to his time at University of Rochester, he specialized in the history of Italian painting of the early 16th century and wrote his Princeton dissertation on the Florentine artist Bachiacca (also spelled Bacchiacca). In 1958 he concluded his Ph.D. at Princeton University and became Assistant Professor. In 1963 he was appointed a full professor at the same university.
He retired in 1976.
Served with Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Member College Art Association.
Married Florence Sederquest Hill, June 27, 1941. Children— Jessica, Stephen, Jonathan, James.