Kay Christensen, 64, special needs specialist
Kay Christensen, 64, a former resident of Oak Park and current resident of Forest Park died on April 23, 2005.

Christensen was born May 21, 1941 in Pontiac, IL and grew up in Chenoa, IL.

She was a nurse at Misericordia, where she worked with special needs teens and adults, retiring in 2002.

Her passion at work was in the field of special needs pediatrics.

She is survived by her son, Steven, and her brothers Gerald and Thomas.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, in Oak Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Misericordia, Attn: Sr. Rosemary Connelly, 6300 N. Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660.

Burtram B. Butler, 78, peripatetic scholar
Burtram B. Butler, 78, died on April 29, 2005 at UTMB following a courageous battle against cancer.

Butler, a Chicago native, was a peripatetic scholar, having received his B.A. degree from the University of Miami, his M. A. from the University of New Mexico and another M. A. followed by a Ph. D from Columbia University, New York City.

A psychologist and educator, Butler was certified to practice as an educational psychologist, marital and family counselor and mediator.¬† He was a founding member and president of the Omicron Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International, founding member of the American Psychological Practitioners Association, founder of the Galveston County Regional Collaborative of Science Teachers and a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. He served on the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, on the Galveston County Mental Health Association Board and the Board of the Children’s Center.

A Distinguished Fellow of the American Board of Master Educators, he was honored by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Mental Health Association in Galveston County. He was even commissioned an Admiral in the Texas Navy.

Butler moved to Texas in 1975, serving as headmaster of Travis Academy and later as Director of the UTMB Department of School Services and Superintendent of the Moody Independent School District on the UTMB campus.

He was also an active member of Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas.

He is survived by her godchildren Taylor, Ian, Zachary and Eliza Thomas, Andrea Millstein Frankfort, Julie Millstein Walter and Jennifer Clements; and by his daughters, Darcy and Leslie Clements of Atlanta, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burtram B. Butler Fund at the Jameson Center of the Children’s Center, Inc. 4418 Ave. M, Galveston, Texas 77550, for Children and Adolescent Extended Resident Care.

Butler will be buried in the Forest Home cemetery in Forest Park, Ill.

Funeral arrangements handled by the J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home in Galveston, Tex.