March 7, 1936
Richard Butler Sr. married Gertrude Marjorie Remmel. Butler was a lawyer, banker, real estate investor, philanthropist, and horticulturalist who is best remembered for his wide variety of business developments and community activities. As the attorney for the Little Rock School Board, he played a major role in the 1957 Little Rock school desegregation crisis. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System, was created in 1997 through an endowment by Butler for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.