The Last


at Harvard

The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever

Meet the 18: Jack Butler

Jack Butler
Born: Pittsburgh, PA, 1941
Prepared at: Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
Died: March 17, 2011

I think we formed a critical mass . . . I think we felt there were enough of us there that we could develop a group identity as well as an individual identity as Black people. We weren't on our own to make it in this unfamiliar environment.

Jack was a founder of the first Black student organization at Harvard. After graduation he went to the Harvard Business School. In 1968, he moved to Kenya and started a company that built low income housing for Africans. He returned to the U.S. in 1983 and taught Business and Finance courses at SUNY New Paltz in upstate New York. In the year 2000 Jack was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells that would take his life.