Statement on Passing of Former Duke VP & AD Tom Butters


DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke University Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Butters passed away on Thursday night at the age of 77. He spent 30 years as an administrator at Duke and was the university’s athletic director from 1977-1997. [Click to read complete story]

"Tom was a unique and engaging man whose contributions to Duke University and the ACC were numerous and immeasurable, as was his love for both.  He was a friend and a colleague and we had many good times together while we were serving Duke and Carolina as their respective Athletics Directors. My respect for him was immense. His life interests and his talents were multiple, from being an excellent athlete to an able poet. That was Tom. He will be missed, but his legacy will go on.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Lynn and the entire Butters family." – John Swofford, ACC Commissioner