The Baylor College of Medicine Community is mourning the passing of William T. Butler, M.D., who died Sept. 22, 2017.
While rising through the ranks from assistant professor to professor of Microbiology and Immunology and of Internal Medicine, Dr. Butler also embarked on his career path in administrative leadership, an area in which he had a natural affinity, taking to it “just like a duck to water,” according to then board President Dan Arnold. This work began with his service on several important committees at the College, including the Admissions Committee, the Course and Curriculum Committee, Internship and Residencies Committee, and the Student Affairs Committee, among others.
In 1973, he was named Associate Dean, and he served as Dean of Admissions from 1974 to 1977. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Dean in 1977 before being named President and Chief Executive Officer in ’79. Also in 1979, Dr. Butler completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He was considered skilled at working with the business world as well as moving through the environs of the stage Legislature and Congress.