Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

OBITUARIES: Anne M. Butler (1938-2014)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

OBITUARIES: Anne M. Butler (1938-2014)

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Anne M. Butler, a member of the Association and Distinguished Trustee Professor Emérita of Utah State University, died on November 10, 2014 at Northeast Florida Community Hospice. For many years Dr. Butler had edited the Western Historical Quarterly and was a respected historian of the American West. Survivors include her husband, John A. Butler, a son; a daughter; two stepdaughters; and nine grandchildren.

She was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on December 4, 1938. Her parents, Jean A. and Thomas F. Maroney, placed her in the foster care of Delbert and Charlotte Theall of Weston, Massachusetts. She attended public schools in Weston. She moved to Baltimore, attending Notre Dame Preparatory School and Towson State University in nearby Towson, Maryland. She wrote her dissertation under the direction of Walter Rundell and completed her doctorate in history at the University of Maryland-College Park in 1979. Her academic postings included, Gallaudet University for the Deaf in Washington, D.C., University College of the University of Maryland, Towson State University, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Loyola College of Maryland, and the University of Utah. Her work, Daughters ofJoy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitution in the American West (Urbana, IL, 1987) reflected the new directions in the history of the American West that had been percolating among scholars during the 1980s, contributed to a reframing of gender roles in the West, and promoted a rethinking of the topic of prostitution. In 1989, her reputation in gender studies and the desire of the Western History Association to become more inclusive in its leadership led to her to the editorship of the Western Historical Quarterly, the official journal of the Association. She served in this sometimes difficult post with great distinction. She also served as a referee for National Endowment for the Humanities and Fulbright Awards.

Dr. Butler continued her studies in gender and the American West, writing Gendered Justice in the American West: Women Prisoners in Men's Penitentiaries (Urbana, IL, 1999) and near the end of her life, Across God's Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West (Chapel Hill, NC, 2012). …

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