Texas Tech University

Clyde, Brian and Virginia Butler Endowed Scholarship


The Clyde, Brian and Virginia Butler Endowed Scholarship was established by Mr. Clyde R. Butler, with matching funds by Atlantic Richfield (ARGO Foundation) in 1991. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in agronomy or horticulture, with a consideration to the recipient's financial need.

Clyde Butler graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering. He worked in the petroleum industry for 30 plus years. He specialized in pressure vessel inspection and cost estimating. With ARCO he was instrumental in developing the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field and the Alaskan pipeline. During his engineering years he also had a side business as a Certified Arborist. He was quite famous in the Dallas area for dealing with plant diseases and plant pests. His passion was studying & learning about caring for sick trees. He stayed active in the field until 3 months before his death.

He was an active member of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, a World War II veteran, a Mason, member of Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, International Society of Arboriculture, and Texas Pest Control Assn. He was a scout master when his 3 sons were active in Troop 125. He led many Scouts on camping & hiking adventures at Philmont Scout Ranch & Big Bend National Park. He believed in education and was a philanthropist, having endowed scholarships in Entomology at Texas A&M and Texas Tech University.

He passed away in 2016 after a fight with lung cancer. He had three sons, two stepsons, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Alex Yack
Senior Director of Development

Matt Williams
Director of Development

Shelbey Havens
Assistant Director of Development