Dr. Thomas Edward Butt is a man of many talents, a gracious host who never met a stranger, and a multi-talented musician, singer, and song-writer who always has time to party and have a good time. He is always into something - either buying property, building houses, or restoring buildings he already owns.
Tom is unique to the Rockabilly Family because his musical ability in singing, song writing and playing the trumpet is all natural, with very little formal training. His first priority during his professional career, was dentistry, and his music was his outlet, his "golf", so to speak. But his talent has given him the most fun in his life. He has recorded numerous songs in Nashville with renowned studio musicians, and plans on recording many more.
Some of his most outstanding musical accomplishments include opening with the Super Express Band on Country Music Night at the Chautauqua Festival, Wytheville, VA from 1985-1993, before a live audience of 8,000 anxious spectators. He has performed on national television with the Arthritis Foundation National Telethon with Ralph Emery and numerous stars, and much more...
His musical talent has taken him a long way, and yet, not so far away, from his hometown of Pocahontas, Virginia. Born March 13, 1936 he was the youngest son of two boys to Herbert and Frieda Butt. His father owned and operated a hardware store and his grandfather was a cabinet and coffin-maker in Pocahontas.
Tom's education includes his graduation from Pocahontas High School in 1953. In 1957 he received a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Roanoke College, Salem, VA. At Roanoke College, he was the captain of the swimming team and held two sprint records while there. He obtained the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1961 from Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA. His internship from 1961-1962 took him to Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee, FL where his emphasis was on skills of dental and reconstructive surgery. He continued his professional education through continuing courses and acquired over 4,700 hours of post-graduate training with the Academy of General Dentistry between 1964 and 1992. While in dental school he developed the first known fluoride dental product and was almost dismissed by the dean, Harry Lyons, for "concocting a nostrum that had no value!"
Tom's military involvement included two years as Captain in the United States Army Dental Corp. The hearing aid he now wears can be traced back to his many hours spent at the artillery practice range at Ft. Stewart, GA. His military performance did not go unnoticed, however, and in 1961, he received an achievement award from the US Army Armor and Artillery Firing Center at Ft. Stewart, GA for outstanding performance as a captain of the US Army Dental Corp. After the service, in 1964, he moved to Wytheville to set up a dental practice.
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