We are saddened to report that Dr. Anne Butler, our friend and colleague, passed away on May 3, 2013.  A brief memorial tribute to her is found below.  Anne’s integrity, dedication, and wisdom will be sorely missed.

Questions regarding the continuation of Dr. Butler’s projects should be addressed to Irma Johnson, (502) 597-6315.

Anne Butler (1948 – 2013)

Associate Professor (2003)

B.A. Eastern Kentucky University; M.S., Kansas State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University: Curriculum and Policy Studies.

Dr. Anne S. Butler, renowned African American and Kentucky Historian, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013 at age 64 in her home. A Kentucky native born in Lincoln County, Stanford, Dr. Butler was widely respected for her service, scholarship and passion for her groundbreaking work in presenting and preserving local and national African American history and contributions. Her service career spanned a period of 44 years in higher education, early childhood education, community engagement, and outreach.

Since 1996, Dr. Butler served in two key posts at Kentucky State University:  Director of Regional Stewardship and Public Engagement, and founding Director of the KSU Center of Excellence for the Study of African Americans (CESKAA). She was recognized locally and nationally by the American Association of State College and Universities for the outstanding job she did on regional stewarding and collecting and archiving important historical materials.

She was a popular lecturer, frequently consulted by the media. She participated in numerous television documentaries including ESPN’s The Great Black Jockeys, The Underground Railroad in Kentucky, Kentucky Women and Public Service, and The African Presence in Kentucky.  Anne was also active in public service.  Among the groups that she worked with as a board member are the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky History Center, the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board, the Kentucky Book Fair, and the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.

Dr.  Butler was an Associate Professor in the Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies at KSU, which has an annual award for outstanding student leadership.  Henceforth this award will be designated the Anne Butler Leadership Award.

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