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Dr. Hazel Butz graduated from Taylor University in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, although she majored in Education, History, and English Teaching. She returned to Taylor and was a professor of English from 1947-1979 (with a leave period from 1950 to 1955). She was well-loved by her students, as evidenced by this excerpt from the 1962 yearbook that was dedicated in her honor: “To us DR. HAZEL BUTZ exemplifies the unusual combination of simple Christian consecration, superior academic standards, and sincere warmth of personality. She is our example, our teacher, our friend.

“We will remember her as the final campus authority on grammatical usage, as the finder of penalty errors in our themes, as the wearer of lilac, as the one whose class not to cut—as the epitome of our ideal professor.”