Butcher enrolled in the University in 1912, where he took two years of academic work and two of law. In addition to his membership in the Glee Club, Butcher was a member of T.I.L.K.A.,Phi Delta Theta, the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, the Lamda Pi academic fraternity, and was the Clubs editor of Corks and Curls.
While a law student, Butcher joined the Naval Reserve in 1917, and graduated the officers' training program. In 1918 he participated in the Aisne-Marne offensive as a second lieutenant, and was shot through the arm and lung. Recuperating, he served as a member of a demonstration battalion until his honorable discharge in August 1919.
He then returned to the University, and the Glee Club, and graduated as a bachelor of law in 1920. Upon graduation, he joined the Richmond law firm of Parrish, Butcher & Churchman. His son, Robert G. Butcher, Jr., served on the Board of Visitors of the University in the late 1980s and 1990s.
- ↑ Bruce, Philip Alexander (1924). History of Virginia. http://xtf.lib.virginia.edu/xtf/view?docId=2006_08/uvaBook/tei/b004865476.xml;chunk.id=d338;toc.depth=1;toc.id=;brand=default;query=butcher#1.
- ↑ "Robert Gilliam Butcher". Find-A-Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92832280. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
- ↑ Corks and Curls. 29. 1916. pp. 71, 73, 158,188,200,336, 345. http://books.google.com/books?id=1dlKAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA200&lpg=PA200&dq=%22robert+gilliam+butcher%22&source=bl&ots=YkDUS_Ujlc&sig=92YDaa3J78_XmbPDc6w_oeSSqbE&hl=en&ei=yKP6S4bTE8T68AbAlvnDCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCIQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22robert%20gilliam%20butcher%22&f=false.