Marjorie Van Eenam Butcher died on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in residence at Avery Heights in Hartford, CT. She was 90 years old. Marjorie was born on July 24, 1925, in Jackson, MI, to Weltha McLachlan and Neil Van Eenam. A brother, Donald Neil Van Eenam, was three years her junior. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan in 1947, Marjorie also received an M.A. in actuarial mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1949. In 1956, she was hired at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where she was the first woman to serve as a member of the faculty. She earned a full professorship in 1979, again the first woman granted this distinction at Trinity. After serving the college for 33 years, she retired as professor of mathematics in 1989. Respected and beloved, Marjorie remained an active member of the Trinity College community for another 25 years. Trinity College recognized Professor Butcher with an honorary doctor of science degree in 2009. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Robert Ward Butcher, in 1993, and by her brother, Donald, in 2005. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Maxine Van Eenam; her nephew, Peter Van Eenam; a niece, Carol Van Eenam; and two grandnieces, Jennifer and Kathryn. A memorial service and interment will take place at the Trinity College Chapel at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106.
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Marjorie was a dear friend and one of the nicest people I ever met. I had the pleasure of meeting her as a member of the Ludington Mariner Base Ball Club. She was our best fan EVER. ! She enjoyed coming to the games and talking with all of the players and fans. My life was better for knowing her.
September 18, 2016
I grew up next door to 'Mrs. Butcher' and loved taking care of her cat, George. I have MANY fond memories of talking with her at length about life and whatever else popped into our heads. My mom and I liked to visit her and even recently she still had her great smile and warmness. We miss her and send our sympathy to her family. Beckie Wooster (daughter to Marge and Mel Bishop who were close friends for many, many years)
May 3, 2016
Marjorie Butcher was a longtime friend and Overseer of Old Sturbridge Village. She was a frequent visitor and loved walking the village with her husband. Her love of music brought her to its concerts especially those involving the antique organ in the Meeting House. In turn, she introduced many at the Village to organ recitals given at the Trinity College chapel. We join the many who will miss her.
Crawford & Ann Lincoln
April 20, 2016
Mrs Butcher was a neighbor when I was growing up as well as my professor at Trinity. She was a trailblazer when math in higher education was very much a man's world. How she loved Math! She's get so excited explaining things that she'd run her fingers through her short hair - and by the end of class it was sticking up all over the place! I vividly remember the blizzard in 1978 when the CT state roads were closed. She walked from West Hartford to Trinity and we had class (for hours since there were no other classes). She was a tough teacher and we spent hours preparing for her classes. Still she always had a soft spot for her students and kept up with them for years. She helped me get my job in the Actuarial Department at The Hartford starting as an intern. My sympathy to all of you.