Houston Treasures

Penny and John Butler


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Penny and John Butler have served city, state and country guided by their love of faith, family, community, business and politics.

John was captain of the football team at Stanford University where he earned a chemical engineering degree.  He also played rugby and pledged Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.  John is the founder of GeoQuest International Co., a geological and geophysical company in Houston.  He has served on the boards of Anadarko Petroleum, Breitburn Energy, and Petroleum Information Corp.  He has chaired the Houston Advanced Research Center, was appointed to the first Houston Metro Board, and served on the Texas Highway Commission.  John has also served on the Boards of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, C Club, River Oaks Country Club, the founding committee of the Cyber Engineering School at Houston Baptist University, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, and the Methodist Hospital Heart Council.

Penny was a Liberal Arts/Fine Arts Major and pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Newcomb College (Tulane University). She has served on the Boards of  Neuhaus Education Center, Junior League of Houston, Keep Houston Beautiful, American Heart Association Women’s Guild, Friends of Nursing at St. Luke’s Hospital, Sheltering Arms, and Family Houston.  Penny was a Stephen F. Austin University Regent, River Oaks Women’s Association President, and Salvation Army Advisory Board and Women’s Auxiliary member.  Other Board service has included River Oaks Bank, Tanglewood Homeowners Association, American Leadership Forum, Battleship Texas, and Texas Board on Aging.

She has volunteered in many political campaigns and been elected to Republican Party posts at the state and national level.

From their six children (four daughters, two sons), Penny and John have blessed with 17 grandchildren (eight girls and nine boys), five of which are married. The family (the “Butler Bunch”) have been active members at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and have enjoyed golfing, snow and water skiing, and hunting together. They are grateful for their travels to all seven continents for business, pleasure, and education.

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