Thomas (Tom) A. Butler was an editor
for the English-language
North China Daily News in Shanghai
from the early 1930s until 1948, when he and his family fled from Communist forces to Hong
Kong. The collection consists of a selection of editorials written by Butler while at the
North China Daily News on a variety of current issues, two
news articles written about Butler upon his retirement and passing, and eleven silver
trophies won by Butler as a member of the Shanghai Bowling Club.
Thomas A. (Tom) Butler was born in Clonmell, Ireland in 1910. He immigrated to the United
States in 1923, where he attended high school in Pittsburgh and then joined the United
States Marines. Butler was stationed in China, and he stayed there after his time in the
Marine Corps, becoming a radio announcer, a foreign war correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, and an editor for the English-language
newspaper North China Daily News. While living in Shanghai,
Butler married Ceciia dos Remedios, and they had two daughters, Cathy and Patricia. In 1948,
upon hearing that Chinese Communist forces were incarcerating journalists, Butler fled with
his family to Hong Kong, where he became the night editor of the South
China Morning Post until 1955, when the family moved to Vancouver, Canada. Butler
then worked as the news editor of The Vancouver Sun for 20
years until his retirement in 1975. He passed away at the age of 91 in 2001.
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