Beatrice T. Butler, retired assistant principal of the old Granville T. Woods Junior Senior High School and former head of the business department at Douglass High School, died Nov. 24 of an undetermined illness at a hospital in her native Hanover, N.H., where she had been staying with relatives.
Mrs. Butler, who was 87 and lived on Mohawk Avenue, retired in the mid-1960s after 38 years in the Baltimore City school system.
Before becoming assistant principal at Woods, a general vocational school, she headed the Douglass department which grew from a faculty of four teaching basic secretarial and bookkeeping courses to one with 18 teachers and more advanced courses. She also started and headed work-study and other special programs and helped students to find jobs.
She also was active in the Links, Inc., both in the Baltimore chapter and in the national organization, which she served as recording secretary and treasurer.
She had also been a member of the Baltimore chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the Maryland League of Women's Clubs, the Maryland and national retired teachers organizations, the Urban League and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The former Beatrice Truman was educated at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Mass., and at New York University, where she earned a master's degree.
In 1937, she married James Hiram Butler Jr., who was one of Baltimore's first black police officers, and the first to be promoted to sergeant and lieutenant. He retired in 1966 and died in 1991.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Butler was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Liberty Heights Avenue and Edgewood Road.
She is survived by two sisters, Marjorie T. Packard and Eleanor T. Sisco; and a brother, Ralph Truman. All are of Hanover. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Baltimore Chapter of the Links Inc., P.O. Box 67157, Baltimore 21215.