| Katharina Kay Butterfield, wife of Wesleyan’s 11th President Victor Butterfield, died July 7 in Maine. She was 101 years old.
Victor and Kay Butterfield worked at Wesleyan from 1943 to 1967. Kays passing reminds the Wesleyan community of the profound and lasting contributions that her family has made to the university.
Ive often heard how students and alumni would burst into song when they encountered Mrs. Butterfield, a woman whose devotion to and affection for Wesleyan continues to inspire, says Wesleyan President Michael Roth.
In 1982, Kay received the Baldwin Medal, the highest award of Wesleyans Alumni Association. In 1997, Wesleyan awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano declared July 27 Kay Butterfield Day in the City of Middletown.
The following biographical notes were published in the Commencement program that year:
She volunteered for decades at the Wesleyan Blood Drive and more recently, Kay served as honorary chair of Wesleyans 175th Anniversary Committee.
The Butterfield family will hold a service for Kay in Middletown in the fall. Condolences may be sent to her children Daniel Butterfield and Margot Siekman in care of:
Ms. Margot Siekman
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Class of 1954 Butterfield Scholarship at Wesleyan. Donations may be made payable to Wesleyan University and sent in care of:
More information on Kay Butterfield’s life is online in a previous Wesleyan Connection article at http://www.wesleyan.edu/newsletter/campus/2006/0706butterfield.html.