Dr. Donald J. ButlerNovember 21,2012Dr. Donald J. Butler
CUTTINGSVILLE — Donald Joseph Butler, 87, of Cuttingsville, Vt., died November 16, 2012, at his residence.
He was born May 16, 1925, in New York City, N.Y., the son of Joseph Leo and Emma Anna (Meyborg) Butler.
He was a combat veteran of WW II, and was awarded two Bronze battle stars while serving with the 89th Infantry division in France and Germany.
After the war, he received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from Columbia University, where he also taught for 18 years. He then served as Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in civil engineering at Rutgers University for 17 years. He was a Life Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of numerous other technical and professional societies.
Dr. Butler spent a year as a Gulbenkian Fellow at the National Civil Engineering Laboratory in Lisbon, Portugal, and another year as a visiting scientist at the Building Research Establishment in Garston, England. Results of his extensive research in structural engineering have been published in various technical journals.
He married Lois (Lange) Dillon in New York City on March 3, 1961. With his wife and two sons, Gilbert and Kerry Dillon, he established the Shrewsbury Inn in Cuttingsville, Vt., in 1978. They operated the Inn until 1986.
Dr. Butler was a trustee and past president of the Shrewsbury Historical Society and served on the boards of the Cuttingsville Fire District and the Laurel Glen Cemetery Association.
Survivors include his wife Lois Butler of Cuttingsville; two daughters, Cathleen (Dillon) Kirman of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Patricia (Dillon) Szymberski of Neenah, Wisconsin; three sons, Gilbert Dillon of Keene, New Hampshire, Kerry Dillon of Cuttingsville, Vermont, and Donald Butler of Cuttingsville, Vermont; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Matthew Kirman.
A celebration and remembrance of his extraordinary life and the joy he gave to all who knew and loved him will be held 88 years from the day of his birth, May 16, 2013.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.
Tossing Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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