Loren L. Butler II (History, retired) died on January 16. He was born on Oct. 25, 1925 in Sheridan, Ark.
A long-time Lumberton, N.C. resident, he passed away in Glenflora Nursing Home.
Butler joined UNCP’s faculty in 1966 and retired in 1994. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Arkansas and worked towards a doctorate in Byzantine history at the University of South Carolina.
In 1980, he was awarded a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities to study in Athens, Greece.
“Loren Butler taught in our History Department for 28 years,” said Chancellor Jenkins. “He had a special interest and expertise in Byzantine history as well as military uniforms, and American Revolutionary and Civil War reenactments.
“Loren often wore some of these uniforms on campus, which enriched our discussions with him,” he continued. “He could best be described as a ‘character’ in the best sense of the word - a wonderful, unforgettable character.
“Students, faculty and staff continue to remember this character fondly,” he said. “His service to the University is much appreciated by the UNC Pembroke family.”
Dr. Robert Brown (History) also remembered his colleague.
“History was Loren’s passion,” Dr. Brown said. “Any conversation with him about history was an experience. He had an amazing range of knowledge, and it went from the significant to entertaining tidbits that all enjoyed.
“History graduates who stop by for a visit ask about Loren, and they share anecdotes about his classes and their conversations with him,” he concluded.
Butler was a World War II veteran and a re-enactor of several eras including the Highland Scots of the Revolutionary War period, the Civil War and both World Wars. He was known for his handlebar mustache and his dark maroon, 1940 Packard automobile.
Butler was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary Lou Meacham Butler and is survived by a daughter, Lorell Augusta Victoria Butler of Chicago, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Loren L. Butler II History Scholarship Award at UNCP.
Butler with 1940 Packard automobile