Alumni & Parent Programs

Barbara '70 and Robert '70 Davis

Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award, 2003

Rob and Barb Davis have served Butler most of their lives as students, alumni and parents. Rob graduated from Butler in 1970 with a degree in accounting, and went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Barb earned a Butler degree in Spanish in 1970 magna cum laude and belonged to Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Rob became a partner with Chapman & Cutler in Chicago. He practiced in corporate finance, focusing on facility and aircraft financing and international transactions. Barb has taught Spanish at various schools throughout her career; she is currently teaching at Sears School in Kenilworth, Ill.

Rob and Barb have been staunch supporters of the Chicago area alumni chapter and have hosted numerous events at their home. They have taken part in various college fairs and parent panels, as well as participating in the university's Partnership for Excellence Campaign in 1993. Rob served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1992-1996, serving as president his final year. He represented the alumni board on the board of trustees from 1995-1997.

Barb earned a masters in library science from Lake Forest College in 2001. Her book, Affectionately Yours: The Civil War Letters of the Ovid Butler Family , was published through the Indiana Historical Society in cooperation with the Irvington Historical Society in Indianapolis.

The Davis' have two children, Susan '00 and Scot. Barb's father is Capt. Ovid McMaster "Mack" Butler, a retired Navy man and a descendent of university founder Ovid Butler. Many of their family members are Butler alumni.

Updated 2003