(Photo: The Lion's Roar Yearbook, 19XX edition)
Leroy C. Butler
(Reference: Published on Windham Survivor,
Saturday, 17 January 2015)
Leroy C. Butler
Leroy C Butler, beloved husband and devoted father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 14, 2015 in the comfort of his family. Roy simply enjoyed life and all it offered. Throughout his life he thrived in the roles of son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, teacher, student, volunteer, painter, farmer, gardener, woodsman and traveler among many others.
Born April 27th, 1938 in Bridgeport, CT to Leroy and Eline Butler and grew up in Fairfield, CT. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and PhD in Chemistry from UVM. Roy was married to Elizabeth Ricks on June 15th 1963.
Roy was a true lifelong learner and educator. He went on to a creative career as a Chemistry professor. This included taking advantage of sabbaticals to travel and teach at other institutions. One of these sabbaticals even took them to Scotland for a year. He created a unique program with a colleague to conduct water studies on Sanibel Island in Florida. Additionally, he introduced a teaching methodology called Guided Inquiry to his classes at Norwich allowing him to get out from behind the lectern and become a partner to the students as they learned.
After retirement from college education Roy jumped right into a champion volunteer role at his grandchildren's elementary schools. Along with this passion was his interest in art; most recently with water colors. Of course it wasn’t enough for him to learn and create, it was important for him to share this activity with young, budding artists at the elementary schools.
Through his many interests and activities including farming, photography, skiing, tennis, golf, woodworking, piano, scouting and baseball Roy was always teaching, learning, exploring, creating and growing. An experience for him was always best when shared. Roy was also an avid New York Yankees fan.
Survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth; son, Timothy Butler of Fairlee, VT and his wife Lynne; daughter Justine Myers of Waterbury Center, VT and her husband Jim; son Christopher Butler of N. Reading, MA and his wife Maryellen; grandchildren Jack, Ryleigh, Annalise, Garrett and Thessalie.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday January 24th at Northfield United Church. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to support Christian Education may be made to United Church of Northfield 58 South Main Street Northfield, VT 05663.