J. Henry “Hank” Butta, who rose from the mail room to become president of the old Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. and was a close adviser to former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, died of heart disease Tuesday at his Davidsonville home. He was 90.
Associates called Mr. Butta a tireless promoter of Baltimore who worked to help win a National Football League franchise after the Colts left for Indianapolis in 1984.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Linwood Avenue, he was the son of John Butta and Margaret Cherigo.
His family lacked the tuition to send Mr. Butta to Loyola High School, but a parish priest suggested that he try out for an athletic scholarship. The Rev. ...