Professor Julian Edward Butterworth, dean of the College of Education and professor of secondary education of the University of Wyoming, was born October 2, 1884, in Dow City, Iowa, a son of Charles E. and Ida May (Rudd) Butterworth. The father, a native of Maryland, was reared and educated in Ohio. At the time of the Civil war he enlisted in response to the country's call for troops as a member of an Iowa regiment, with which he served for about two years. After the cessation of hostilities he was in a hospital at Nashville, Tennessee, recovering from a protracted illness. His wife was the first white. child born in Crawford county, Iowa, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rudd, who were pioneer settlers in the western part of that state. She is now living with her husband in Dow City. They were parents of six children, five of whom survive: Virgil, who resides in Denison, Iowa; Raymond, who is living in Dow City; Herbert, who also makes his home in Dow City; and Vida, likewise a resident of that place.
Professor Julian E. Butterworth, the eldest of the family, began his education in the public schools of Dow City from which he graduated in 1901. Subsequently he became student in the University of Iowa and on the completion of his course won the Bachelor of Arts degree as a member of the class of 1907. Later, he received the Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1910 and the degree of Ph. D. in 1912. Immediately after his graduation he turned his attention to the educational field and was a teacher in the high schools at Waterloo, and Iowa City, Iowa. He afterward became connected with the Duluth (Minn.) Normal School, and in September, 1913, came to the University of Wyoming. with which institution he has since been closely allied, having been made acting dean in the fall of 1917, and later was made dean. He is well known among the younger educators of the west. Imparting readily and clearly to others the knowledge that he has acquired, he has proven most capable as a teacher and his broad experience and his ability enable him to speak with authority upon subjects relative to the profession. Professional articles which he has written have been published in the School Review and in the Journal of Educational Psychology. He is the author of "Problems in State High School Finance," a volume which' is being published by the World Book Company of Yonkers, New York, and also of the "Geography of Wyoming," published in connection with Brigham & McFarlane's "Essentials of Geography."
On the 4th of August, 1909, Professor Butterworth was married in Davis City, Iowa, to Miss Veta. Laura Scott, a native of that state and a daughter of Carter and Lulu (Bass) Scott and a representative of one of the old families of southern Iowa. The parents are still living and make their home in Davis City. Professor and Mrs. Butterworth have become the parents of one son, Julian Scott, who was born in Iowa City, September 24, 1910.
To a large extent Professor Butterworth worked his way through school and university and his progress is due to the wise use which he has made of his time, his opportunities, and his talents. He belongs to the Phi Beta Kappa and to the Phi Delta Kappa societies and of the latter was national secretary in 1912. He has served as a member of the executive committee of the Wyoming State Teachers' Association and was president in 1916-17. He is likewise a member of the National Council of Normal School Presidents, of the National Association of High School Supervisors and Inspectors, and of the National Society for the Study of Education. He belongs also to the National Education Association and to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has carried his investigations far and wide into the field of his profession and although he has been a resident of Laramie for only a few years, he has become closely and prominently connected with the educational interests of the state.
It is a widely acknowledged fact that the most important work to which a man can direct his energies is that of teaching, whether it be from the pulpit, from the lecture platform, or in the schoolroom. Its primary object is ever the same—the development of one's latent powers that the duties of life may be bravely met and well performed, or as Kant has expressed it, "the object of education is to train each individual to reach the highest perfection possible for him." With a recognition of this fact Professor Butterworth has so directed his labors as to develop individual capacity to the highest point attainable, making his training the basis for a continual education which shall last through life.