Biographical / Historical
Richard P. Butrick was born in Lockport, New York in 1894. He was a graduate of the first class of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, in 1921. That same year, Butrick began his career in the U.S. Foreign Service as a diplomatic officer. Postings included Chile, Ecuador, Iceland, and St. John, New Brunswick. During World War II, he was detained for six months by the Japanese while posted to China. After the war, he advised the Philippines government in development of the country’s foreign service. From 1949 to 1952, Butrick served as Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service. He was U.S. consul general to Canada (1952-1955) and to Brazil (1955-1959).
Awards received by Butrick during his lifetime include the Georgetown University President’s Medal; and the Distinguished Service Award of DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired). He was honorary governor of DACOR and a member of the Cosmos and the Chevy Chase clubs.
Butrick resided in Washington after retirement. He died 13, March 1997 at the age of 102.