Harry C. Butcher, 83, a broadcast executive who was Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's naval aide during World War II, died April 20 at the Beverly Manor Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Capt. Butcher kept a diary of his service with the general and used it as the basis of a book called "My Three Years with Eisenhower."
Capt. Butcher was born in Springville, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State College. In 1929, he established the Columbia Broadcasting System station in Washington. At the time, it was WSJZ. Later it became WTOP and is now WDVM. In 1934, he became the Washington vice president of CBS.
In 1938, the future captain joined the Naval Reserve. He was called to active duty in 1942 and spent the next three years with Eisenhower. After the war, he moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., where he founded what became KISB radio and TV. He also owned a cable television station. These properties eventually were sold to the Philadelphia Bulletin. Capt. Butcher was a member of the Burning Tree and National Press clubs.
In 1924, he married the former Ruth Barton. They were divorced in 1946.
Survivors include his wife, Mollie Ford Butcher, whom he married in 1946, of Santa Barbara; one daughter by his first marriage, Rep. Beverly B. Byron (D-Md.) of Frederick, Md.; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.