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Carolyn Pickering Lautner '45

Butler Medal, 2007

Carolyn Carolyn Pickering Lautner came to Butler in 1941 from Anderson, Ind., on a scholarship that paid her tuition of $150 each semester as long as she maintained a 3.5 grade point average. She managed to do that, and had time to join many campus organizations including Kappa Kappa Gamma, Scarlet Quill, Phi Chi Nu, Spurs, Theta Sigma Phi, the Association of Women Studies and YWCA. She also served as the associate editor of the Butler Collegian.

When most of the Indianapolis Star 's male reporters left for the war, editors called Butler for journalists. At the age of 18, Carolyn joined the Star full-time as the first woman police reporter in Indiana. After graduating from Butler in 1945, Carolyn left the Star to work for a Chicago newspaper, only to return to the Star in 1952. From 1952 to her retirement in 1978, Carolyn, who was known throughout the industry as "Pick," broke some of the city's biggest stories. She was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1996. Following her retirement from journalism, she worked as a real estate broker with the Margaret Evans Company, Inc

Carolyn has long supported Butler, both as a volunteer and donor. Carolyn was a member of the Alumni Board from 1994-98 and served on the Advisory Board for the Athletics Department from 1996-98. Carolyn has also participated in numerous campus and alumni events. She also meets with students and alumni who are interested in careers in journalism and real estate.

In 2004, Lautner endowed the David Lautner Memorial Golf Scholarship in loving memory of her son David Lautner '74. Carolyn also has a daughter, Diane. Her son-in-law James Urbain graduated from Butler in 1963.