WMU-Cooley Board Member James Butler III Passes Away at 77

WMU-Cooley Law School Board of Directors member James W. Butler III, 77, died, Friday, Aug. 7. He served on the law school’s board of directors since 2007. As a board member, he served on multiple committees, including: Executive, Audit, Strategic Planning, Nominating, Straits, and Investment.

James Butler

“On behalf of our entire board, we extend our condolences to his wife, Rishan, and his entire family,” said WMU-Cooley Board Chair and 54-A District Court Judge Louise Alderson. “James was an active and trusted member of our community and WMU-Cooley Board. A friend to colleagues and faculty alike, James was a long-serving member of our Straits Committee whose purpose is to strengthen and bridge the communication and relationship between the board and faculty.”

In addition to serving on WMU-Cooley’s Board, Butler served on the boards of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, the Sparrow Health System, and Physicians Health Plan.

Butler served as a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Commission of Mid-Michigan and Michigan’s Broadband Authority.  He was employed for 30 years by IBM and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the Army, Butler served in Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts and four Bronze Stars.

Aug 10 2020

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