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Bill Butler

Track and Field ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Sports records are made to be broken, but three track records set by Bill Butler, the Beaver Speedster, stood the test of time. At the time of his induction in 1976, Butler (who performed at Geneva from 1925 to 1928) still held the college’s 100 yard dash record of 9.8 seconds, plus the 220 yard dash mark of 22 seconds flat, and the rugged 440 yard dash record of 48.8 seconds. Bill was a football and track star at Beaver High School in the early 1920s when Haywood Taylor was track coach. Bill played both halfback and fullback in football and was a sprinter and relay man on the track team. He became one of the outstanding sprinters in the East during his college track career at Geneva, holding the distinction of winning the first track meets held at Pitt Stadium and at Reeves Stadium. He also competed in the 1925 Penn Relays at Philadelphia. Bill graduated from Geneva in 1928 and from the Howard University School of Law in 1931 and served as Juvenile and Adult Probation Officer of Beaver County from 1948 until 1964. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in 1964 and reappointed in 1969. Bill was designated Acting Chairman of the Board in 1974.