Chatham News

In Memory: Karen Lake Buttrey ’67, Member of the Board of Trustees

By: Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., President
November 29, 2010

I am very sad to inform you that we have learned that Karen Lake Buttrey ’67 passed away yesterday in Indianapolis following a month-long battle with stomach cancer. Karen served on Chatham’s Board of Trustees since 2004 and contributed greatly to the Board and her alma mater through her intellect, character and warm personality. We will miss her greatly – as a Board member, as an alumna and as a friend.

Information on the service and memorial contributions can be found in the following obituary.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Karen’s husband Don and her family at this time of loss.


1945 — 2010

Karen Lake Buttrey, philanthropist and community leader, passed away on November28. Karen was born October 3, 1945, to Thomas H. Lake and Marjorie L. Lake in Omaha, Nebraska. She was married for 25 years to Donald W. Buttrey, a local attorney.

Both Karen and Don have been long-time members of Second Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and elder. Karen also served on the Endowment Board at Second Church.

Karen was graduated from Tudor Hall in Indianapolis in 1963. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) in 1967 from Chatham College, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Karen also received Masters Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh (Educational Research) in 1972, and from Indiana University (Educational Psychology) in 1979. She was also a Participant in the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Development Program. Prior to her marriage, Karen was employed in educational and interior design positions.

Karen served as a member (Honorary Chair) of the Advisory Board of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. The Lake Institute was envisioned and created by Karen and Don in 2002, to honor the legacy of Karen’s parents and to ensure that their values and commitment to faith and philanthropy will be passed on to future generations. The Institute seeks to build a scholarly foundation, through research, teaching and public service, for the exploration of the idea that religion plays a vital role in philanthropy.

At the time of her death, Karen served on the Boards of Trustees of Chatham, McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and the Advisory Board of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. She served on several other boards throughout her life.

Karen provided generous support to her church, the United Way, the American Red Cross (Tiffany Circle Member) and The Salvation Army. She also supported numerous other charitable organizations, including The Women’s Fund and The Lacy Leadership Society.
In addition to her life of service, Karen loved to travel, play golf, exercise and was an avid reader. She was an active, vibrant woman in all areas of her life.

Karen is survived by her husband Don, three stepsons, Greg, Alan and Jason, her daughter-in-law Karen, her aunt Katherine Snyder, numerous cousins and her beloved dog, Cleo.

Karen was not only generous with her time and commitment to the community, she was an extremely loyal and generous mentor and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 North Meridian Street, with visitation at the Church from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, Indiana University (for the benefit of the Lake Institute), or the charity of your choice.