Medallion recipient Elon, alumnus and former staff member dies


William “Buster” Butler, an Elon alumnus, former staff member and recipient of Elon University’s highest honor, the Elon Medallion, died at age 98 on August 4. Butler received the Elon Medallion in 1996 from President Fred Young for his employee. service to Elon.

Beginning with a student job, Butler worked as a student assistant in the business office and as a waiter in the dining hall, graduating in 1944. He was a member of the Kappa Psi Nu fraternity and served as president of the body studying his last year.

After completing his graduate studies in commerce and finance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Butler returned to Elon in 1946 to serve as business manager and treasurer, two roles he would hold for 36 years before to retire.

In addition to his time at Elon, Butler was also appointed to the Naval Reserve, where he served as a communications officer, gunnery officer, and chief censor of ship’s supply on the USS- LSM-276 in the Asian theater. He remained in the role until the end of World War II. He also rose to the rank of lieutenant and served for 14 years after the war.

An avid community member, Butler was a member of the Elon Community Church for more than 50 years, a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Alamance County Boy Scout Commission, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Burlington business. . He is survived by his two daughters.

Memorials may be directed to the Elon Community Church, the William E. “Buster” Butler Junior ’44 and Mary Griffin Butler ’49 Scholarship Fund at Elon University, or a charity charity of his choice, according to Butler’s obituary.


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