Obituary - Walter John Butke, 58
Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 20 - February 8, 1996
Walter John Butke, an associate professor of architecture, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1995, after a long progressive illness.
He taught in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies from 1972 until 1995. During his tenure, he was assigned to the Washington/Alexandria Center for three years. At the main campus, he taught undergraduate thesis and urban technology in architecture.
Before joining Virginia Tech, Butke taught architecture and design at Kansas State University, where he had earned a master's in architecture. He received his bachelor's in architecture from Columbia University. Professionally, he designed and constructed several residences in New York, Connecticut, and Virginia.
Butke's colleagues described him as a "gentleman who showed warmth and consideration for others. He was very dedicated to his profession and cared deeply for his students."