Former SHSU theatre professor dies at 84
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 00:08
A former Sam Houston State University theatre professor and alumnus died in his home on August 19.
Richard Fortune Butler, Ph.D, began teaching at SHSU in 1963. Butler taught Theatre Speech, directed and worked as the Theater Manager, according to Penny Hasekoester, current Theater Manager. Butler retired in 1993.
Butler was a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science; Denver University with a Masters of Art; Texas Tech with a Ph.D.; and SHSU with a Ph.D. in theatre management.
Previous to working at SHSU, Butler taught high school in Ohio and California.
Hasekoester that Butler was “very close to the music program, because he enjoyed musical theater.”
Butler was also extremely invested in his students according to Hasekoester.
Butler is preceded in death by his older brother, John C. Butler Jr., sisters: Dorothy Ruth Winter and E. Loraine Stafford. Butler is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and close friend Ronnie Connell, SHSU Alumnus.