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Hugh Butler ('54 DVM) - July 23, 2011
Hugh Butler ('54 DVM) - July 23, 2011
On July 23, 2011, Dr. Hugh Cato Butler, DVM, 86, passed away in his sleep of natural causes in his hometown of Austin, Texas.
Dr. Hugh C. Butler was the oldest son of Dr. William John Butler and John Ozella (Cato) Butler, born in Helena on Jan. 7, 1925. In a ceremony held on the Two Medicine River in 1939, Hugh Butler became an adopted member of the Blackfeet Tribe with the name “Flying Eagle.” Since that date, he was intrigued with Native American culture. He attended Hawthorne Elementary School, Helena High School and was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M.
Dr. Butler served as a WWII infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 as a private first class with the 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Division. In October and November 1944, the 99th Division stopped the German advance, preventing the enemy’s capture of the road system leading south into allied territory. While Pvt. Butler was slogging his way through the Belgian Ardennes forest lugging a heavy 15-pound Browning automatic rifle, U.S. Senator Burton K. Wheeler from Montana nominated Hugh to attend West Point military academy.
It was once said that: “life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” Thus, as in the celebrated book and film “Saving Private Ryan,” a directive was given to an Army patrol to find Pvt. Hugh C. Butler, who was somewhere in the Ardennes battle lines, and return him safely to West Point. After several weeks of diligent and dogged searching, the patrol discovered Pvt. Butler’s unit in the middle of a deadly firefight, pinned down by heavy fire from a German machine gun nest. In order to safely extricate him, the American patrol had to destroy the machine gun nest.
Pvt. Butler was whisked out the European Theatre of Operations by riding in the second seat of a P-38 Lightning, hop-scotching its way across the Atlantic Ocean. He landed back in the United States on Dec. 4, 1944.
Although he did not attend West Point, he nonetheless received an officer’s commission and was honorably discharged from duty on April 14, 1946, as a second lieutenant. Like many, he did not readily speak about his combat experiences, but he went on to lead a distinguished professional career.
He subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science and a master’s degree in microbiology from Montana State College (now MSU-Bozeman), and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree and a master’s degree in physiology, both from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.
While attending Montana State University in 1947, he met Jacqueline Mary Schlitgus, of Rochester, Minn. She was instantly smitten with Hugh and thought his rugged good looks resembled her screen idol, Gary Cooper. The feelings were reciprocal and they married on Aug. 7, 1948, and they remained inseparable for 61 years.
Dr. Butler served as a professor of animal surgery at Washington State University in Pullman until 1964 when he began conducting medical research at the Sloane Kettering Institute in Manhattan, N.Y. The orthopedic surgical techniques he pioneered and developed helped advance the science of artificial joint replacement. Dr. Butler also earned recognition for his pioneering medical research in kidney transplantation. He and Dr. Joe Desch performed the first two successful renal transplants in dogs. In 1974, Dr. Butler received the John E. McCoy Award from Washington State University for his outstanding work in clinical veterinary medicine.
He served as a professor of surgery at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., from 1968 until his retirement in 1986. In 2000, in light of his professional achievements and meritorious service to science, he was chosen to receive the prestigious E.R. Frank Award from Kansas State University.
He was the author of numerous medical research publications and refereed papers, and was a member of several professional and educational organizations, including the American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, American Heart Society, American Veterinary Medical Association, and a charter member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He also was a member of several honorary societies, including Alpha Psi, Phi Zeta, and the Sigma Xi Association. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity in Bozeman.
In 1986, Dr. Butler retired to Bigfork with his wife Jacqueline, where they spent several happy years in their log cabin home at Many Lakes. Hugh took active part in the community and served as a volunteer emergency medical technician. Subsequently, Dr. and Mrs. Butler moved to Austin to live closer to their sons, John and Ben Butler, and their families.Although cerebral and professorial, in his early years Hugh was a “rugged outdoorsman” and enjoyed hunting and fishing, alpine skiing, scuba-diving and boating with great relish. He was noted for peculiar dietary preferences: munching on dog kibble while doing research in the lab and eating fried pork crackles around the campfire. If Hugh was cooking a meal, you could rest assured that meat was on the menu.
Dr. Butler is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Cato and Dora Butler of Helena; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Sheri Butler of Elgin, Ill.; their son, Hugh Christopher Butler; their daughter, Elizabeth Orcutt, and her husband, Matthew Orcutt; son and daughter-in-law, John and Judy Butler of Austin; their daughter, Camille Butler; their son, Samuel Butler; daughter-in-law, Nell Butler of Pflugerville, Texas; and her daughter, Rebekah Alfaro, and her husband, Marin Alfaro; his niece, Sioux Roth of Helena, and her husband, Timothy Roth, and their sons, Tyson Roth and Samuel Roth; his niece, Cheye Ann Butler of Libby, and her husband, Robert Slomski; and a nephew, Tommy Butler of Helena, and his wife, Nancy Butler, and their two daughters, Megan Butler and Sarah Butler.
Dr. Butler is pre-deceased by his parents; his wife, Jacqueline Schlitgus Butler; and his son, Benjamin James Butler.
The Butler family extends its thanks and appreciation to all of the staff at Heartland Health Care and Odyssey Hospice in Austin for their care, friendship, and kindness.
Private memorial services for Dr. Butler will be held in Montana.
Memorial gifts may be donated to: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, The Duke Ellington Building, 2121 Ward Ct., NW, 5th Floor Washington, DC 20037.
Published in the Independent Record on July 31, 2011.
Terry Brown ('74)
Terry Brown ('74) - Presented with the 2012 WSVMA Distinguished Achievement Award given in recognition of a singular outstanding achievement in veterinary medicine, public service or another field of endeavor which reflects honor on the veterinary profession.
In 1979 Dr. Terry Brown was recruited to manage and serve as a clinician in a newly-formed emergency center in Spokane, WA. The role of this emergency and after-hours clinic was unique to the region and state, as in the late 1970s, emergency veterinary medicine was just beginning to emerge in the veterinary profession. For more than 30 years, Dr. Brown has led the development of this hospital which provided the only centralized after-hours care in the Inland Northwest.
Dan DeWeert ('78 DVM)
Dan DeWeert ('78 DVM) - 2012 WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year. The WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award is presented in recognition of an outstanding career in veterinary medicine through local, state or national veterinary associations. Contributions to practice, community and other professional endeavors are also considered.
Nancy Gillett ('78)
Nancy Gillett ('78) - Honored with the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishment as a scientist, research manager and global business person.Read More
Carolyn Louise Downey (Skinner) ('88 DVM) - April 11, 2011
Carolyn Louise Downey (Skinner) ('88 DVM) - April 11, 2011
Carolyn Louise Downey, DVM, passed away on April 11, 2011 in Omak, WA. She was 59 years old and died of ovarian cancer. She was born on February 28, 1952 in San Francisco, CA, the daughter of Edward Joseph Skinner and Catherine Eleanor Smith. Carol lived a short time in Milbrae, CA, but spent most of her growing up in Palos Verdes, CA. She attended St. John Fisher Catholic School and Rolling Hills High School where she graduated in 1970.
Carol married Tom Downey in 1984. She graduated from Washington State University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate of veterinary medicine. She moved with her family to Omak in 1991. Carol has been a veterinarian in Omak since 1991, and in 2009 she bought and began operating The Animal Hospital of Omak. Carol loved animals. She loved working in the Omak community, being a veterinarian, and most of all, she loved her family.
Carol is survived by her husband, Tom Downey; her daughters, Kelly and Nadine Downey, Omak, WA; her brothers George Skinner, Jacksonville, FL; Ed Skinner, Altadena, CA; Robb Skinner, Carlsbad, CA; Brian Skinner, Tiburon, CA; her sisters Nancy Skinner, Berkeley, CA; Patti Skinner Sulpizio, Valencia, CA; JoAnne Skinner, Albany, CA; Mary Skinner, Torrance, CA; and 21 nieces and nephews.
A memorial celebrating Carol’s life will be held April 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Downey home, 1200 Oleander, Omak, WA.
Marty Becker ('80 DVM)
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Dr. Marty Becker ('80 DVM) - "America’s Veterinarian" is about to launch a new book and a national bus tour. Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Dog, hits bookstores on April 15, 2011 Soon after, Becker will embark on a 29-stop bus tour sponsored by the retailer Petco that will end in Boise on May 23.Read More
M. Gordon Hatcher ('52 DVM) - March 21, 2011
M. Gordon Hatcher ('52 DVM) - March 21, 2011
Dr. Hatcher (WSU '52), 94, Sonoma, Calif., died March 21, 2011. Retired since the early 1990s, he was a mixed animal practitioner in California's Calaveras County and served as a relief veterinarian in southern California. Early in his career, Dr. Hatcher practiced in Modesto, Calif. A past director of Heifer International, he was involved with livestock projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Bolivia. After an earthquake and hurricane, Dr. Hatcher also assisted Peru and Honduras through the National Council of Churches. For his dedication to veterinary medicine in underdeveloped countries, he received the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Achievement Award in 1986. Dr. Hatcher served in the Air Corps during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, and two daughters.
Memorials may be made to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164.
Rhonda Wiler ('92 DVM, '88 BS)
Rhonda Wiler ('92 DVM, '88 BS) - Receives the TurnKey Facility Leader of the Year Award.Read More
Theresa Fossum ('82 DVM)
Theresa Fossum ('82 DVM) - Founder of the new National Veterinary Cancer Registry.Read More
Tawnie Bailey ('96, '04 DVM)
Tawnie Bailey ('96, '04 DVM) - Congrats to DVM alumna, Dr. Tawnie K. Bailey (’96, ’04 DVM), on her debut novel “She Smiles”!Read More
Christopher Orton ('78 DVM)
Christopher Orton ('78 DVM) - Dr. Christopher Orton has been hired as the new head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University.Read More
Cathy King ('97 DMV)
Cathy King ('97 DMV) - Veterinary medicine alumna Dr. Cathy King has been recognized for service to the profession with a 2013 Meritorious Service Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association.Read More
Thomas F. Meyer ('78 DVM)
Thomas F. Meyer ('78 DVM) - Dr. Thomas Meyer of Vancouver, Wash. was elected Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board.Read More
Jeffery Hein ('84 DVM)
Jeffery Hein ('84 DVM) - Dr Jeffery Hein was honored by the Idaho Veterinarian Medical Association with the 43rd Veterinarian of the Year Award.Read More
Peter Anderson ('81 Ph.D.)
Peter Anderson ('81 Ph.D.) - Director of Pathology Undergraduate Education in the School of Medicine, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project. Anderson will lead faculty-development programs and hands-on workshops at the Tzu-Chi University College of Medicine in Taiwan for two weeks.
Nancy A. Gillett ('78)
Nancy A. Gillett ('78) - Acclaimed experimental pathologist, scientific leader, research manager and global business executive, has been selected to receive the 2013 Washington State University Regents' Distinguished Alumna Award - the university's highest alumni award.
Frank Nichols ('69 Dipl. ACVS)
Frank Nichols ('69 Dipl. ACVS) - Longtime professor of equine surgery at Michigan State University who has shaped many successful careers and inspired a profound loyalty among his former students and residents, received the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 2013 Distinguished Educator (Academic) Award.
Barrie Grant ('67 Dipl. ACVS, MRCVS)
Barrie Grant ('67 Dipl. ACVS, MRCVS) - A pioneering equine surgeon and former educator who accelerated the careers of his students and trained fellow practitioners in the techniques of cervical stabilization was recognized for his influence with the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 2013 Distinguished Educator Mentor Award.
Leonard Eldridge ('65 DVM)
Leonard Eldridge ('65 DVM) - Retired Washington State Department of Agriculture Veterinarian Dr Leonard Eldridge says some gaps in credible, accurate information still need to be filled to develop animal traceability.Read More
Helen Diggs ('85 DVM)
Helen Diggs ('85 DVM) - Oregon State University's veterinary school is taking over the care of about 175 alpacas after authorities say the animals were found starving at a breeding operation in the Willamette Valley; attending veterinarian was Dr Helen Diggs.