Thursday, July 16, 2009

DRBA Founding Member Retires from Board

Long time board of directors member and one of the DRBA's founding fathers retired from his position on the board this week. Dr. Lindley Butler, Historical Consultant and Professor Emeritus of History, Rockingham Community College, announced his retirement from his seat on the Board of Directors of the Dan River Basin Association. Dr. Butler was born in "the land between the rivers" and grew up on the Smith and the Dan. He has devoted his life to the study, history, and preservation of the unique resources of the Dan River Basin and along with his wife T, was instrumental in bringing together a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural and natural resources of the 3,300 square mile basin which includes the Dan, Smith, Mayo, Sandy, Bannister and Hyco rivers.

Dr. Butler was recently honored at the July Board of directors meeting with a service award and several framed photographs showcasing his love for the rivers he grew up on.
DRBA President Wayne Kirkpatrick described Dr. Butler as one of the most inspiring and devoted spokesperson for our area rivers and his accomplishments as author and historian have been a key asset to the formation of the Basin Association and in the preservation of its resources for all. Dr. Butler said he grew up on the river and it has always been and always will be huge part of his life.

DRBA staff and board members will miss Dr. Butler's presence on the board but know that he will still be a key member of the organization and hold the highest respect for his accomplishments and dedication. Even though he is retiring from the board to complete work on his recent book, he will still be an intrical resource for all things related to the organization and the future of the Dan River Basin. We thank Dr. Butler and T for their outstanding, and continued service to the Dan River Basin Association

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