In Celebration of Charlie Butts:
Coach, Colleague, Teacher, Mentor, Friend from 1981 to 2019

Published Monday, August 19, 2019
by Chad Cianfrani, Head of School


Charlie ButtsWe are immensely grateful for the time we were given with Charlie and for all he gave to Oakwood. We are also immensely saddened by his passing on August 10th, due to complications from a planned surgery.

It is impossible to quantify the impact Charlie Butts had on our community; as he was our teacher, our dorm parent, our coach, our mentor and our friend. Over the last four decades Charlie called Oakwood home. He shared his warmth, his intelligence, his humor, and his calm demeanor with hundreds and hundreds of students and faculty. Whether it was by delving into the glyph of the Mayans as a senior, arguing the Hammurabi Law code in front of a panel of peers and faculty as a freshman, learning the true meaning of teamwork in basketball and softball, or perhaps (faculty) throwing the occasional after-work dart or two with him down the road; the entire Oakwood community was elevated by Charlie’s light.

We will miss you Charlie. We thank you for what you have given us, and we look forward to carrying on your work. We are holding you, your family, your friends, and the entire Oakwood community in the Light.

Thank you Coach. Thank you for everything.

Oakwood Friends School will hold a memorial followed by a field dedication for Charlie on Saturday September 28th at 2:00PM. Details to follow.