It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rosamond (“Roz”) Hatch Butler on March 17, 2016 at her home in Queensbury, New York. She was 84.
In 1971, Roz and her husband Jim came to Bermuda for a week’s family vacation – the beginning of their lifelong devotion to the island and their steadfast commitment to BIOS. Roz served as BIOS’s Secretary to the Board of Trustees for 20 years, from 1982 to 2002, and also served as Trustee from 1985 to 2004. In addition to her dedicated board service, Roz was also influential in organizing many of BIOS’s outreach activities. Her late husband, Professor James Newton Butler, was also a trustee of BIOS, serving for 35 years and as President from 1986 to 1989. In 2002, one of the apartments in Wright Hall was renamed the “Butler Suite” in recognition of Roz and Jim’s support and service to BIOS throughout the years, and a plaque in their honor can be seen there today. In 2004, Roz became a Life Trustee in recognition of her many years of service and her desire to continue her strong affiliation with the organization. She continued to serve on the board’s nominating committee until recently, and was one of BIOS’s most consistent and long-standing donors.
Roz loved the natural world and was an avid outdoorswoman. She and her husband traveled the globe and participated in activities that today would be called “eco-tourism” and “citizen science.” They were adventurers. The couple’s keen interest in nature and exploration and their innate appreciation for science led them to BIOS, where they developed an affinity for the institution’s scientists and its mission that lasted for decades. “Roz meant a lot to BIOS, and it meant a lot to her,” said Alan McGowan, BIOS Trustee and long-time friend to the Butlers.
The staff and board of BIOS extend its sincerest condolences to Roz’s family. Thank you for sharing Roz with us for so long; she will be missed.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Christ Church United Methodist in Glens Falls, New York. To offer an online condolence, please visit www.sbfuneralhome.com.