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The Albert Butler Endowment

Albert B. Butler III was born on September 24, 1908, in Waterbury, Connecticut, the third of four children born to Albert and Alice Butler. Albert was a hard worker and obtained his commercial degree from Waterbury Business College and then became paymaster in a brass foundry in Waterbury.

The family’s exposure to Adventism was through his grandmother. Albert, his mother, and his sister were baptized in the early 1930s. At that time, he left a promising future in business to attend Atlantic Union College, where he studied for the ministry. He finished his junior theological studies in 1938 and married Lois Howeth of Union Springs, New York. He completed his education at Washington Missionary College in 1941.

He pastored in many states, including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, and New Jersey. In 1967, he began his ministry at the Columbia Union Conference, serving first as the secretary, then as treasurer/auditor. In 1975 he became the first president of the Eastern States Adventist Health System, a position he held until he retired in 1980.

The Albert Butler Endowment was established by his friends and family at the time of his death in 1990. Because of this endowment fund, Washington Adventist University students are able to successfully complete college and gain a Christian education.


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