A Frederick High School graduate, Bob Butler was a four-year member of the football team, co-captain in 1952 for an undefeated team and a four-year track and field member with a state title in the 440 dash. Butler received a full athletic scholarship to Western Maryland College, where he continued his athletic excellence in football, track, and wrestling. His football athleticism earned him numerous awards. In 1957, Butler traveled the military path, but continued his athletic excellence in football and marathon running. In 1981, Butler retired as a colonel from the United States Army with numerous service awards. He was a gifted, natural leader and patriot.