WILLIAMSBURG - Dr. John L. "Jack" Butler passed away peacefully on April 27, 2014, at his home with his loving wife, Anne, by his side. He was born in Hartford, CT, to John and Florence Butler. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Joanne Mastrobattista Butler. Dr. Butler received his Bachelor from the University of Connecticut, Masters from Trinity College and PHD from New York University. Jack was a partner with Ernst & Ernst, one of the top three public accounting firms, in the Managements Consulting Division as an Industrial Psychologist, in their Chicago offices. Upon his retirement, he moved back to Connecticut and served as Executive Dean, for Western Connecticut State University and went on to teach, which was his passion. Jack taught in the School of Business graduate program. In consulting and academia fields, he was highly published. Having a love of History, Archeology and Education, he and his wife moved to Williamsburg to experience the history of our great country firsthand. Shortly after moving, Jack became a member of Bruton Parish, got involved with Colonial Williamsburg, the College of William and Mary, as well as becoming a dossier at Jamestown Island. He had many interest including traveling the world, reading and mentoring. He was a member of Williamsburg Foundation, Presidents Council at William and Mary, Civil War Round Table, Preservation Virginia Antiquities as well as past president of the Historical Society in Woodbury, CT. He served in War II as a Major in the Army Air Corp division and received a Purple Heart. Jack leaves his wife of 23 years, Anne DiMartino-Butler, three sons, one daughter, five grandchildren, one great-grandson and many friends. A celebration of his life will take place at the Memorial Church at Jamestown Island on Friday, May 9, at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Literacy for Life of Williamsburg or to a charity near and dear to your heart. Donations may be mailed to the College of William & Mary, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187.
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Published in Virginia Gazette on May 2, 2014