WOODFIN L. BUTTE
Woodfin L. Butte, professor emeritus of law,
died on September 19, 1981, while on a trip in Alaska. He was
Professor Butte was born on November 1, 1908,
in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the son of George C. Butte, who taught
at The University of Texas School of Law and served as dean of
the law school in 1923-24.
Professor Butte studied at The University of
Texas at Austin, earning his bachelor's degree in 1927. He earned
his LLB degree from Yale University School of Law in 1931. He
then served as secretary to the governor of Puerto Rico and later
practiced law in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Caracas, Venezuela.
Professor Butte spent almost a quarter of a century as an attorney
and executive of Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, including
six years based in London as the company's Middle East representative.
Professor Butte joined the faculty at the law
school as an expert in civil, comparative and international law,
the law of the sea, and the legal systems of Latin America. His
important writings included an influential, though unpublished,
mimeographed casebook, "Selected Mexican Cases," which dealt with
the civil laws of Mexico.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted
on the Faculty Council web site on November 17, 2000. Additional
biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History
The UT Law Library Archives has addtional materials at http://www.law.utexas.edu/rare/archives.htm.