The University of Kentucky Public Health Hall of Fame was established in 2004. This lifetime achievement award honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the health and welfare of the citizens of the commonwealth, the nation and/or the world.
The 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored at ceremony held October 11, 2013.
Born in 1927, Roy Butler grew up on a farm in Franklin County, Kentucky during the Great Depression which deeply influenced his dedication to improve the lives of the disadvantaged. Immediately following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Army and served with the occupational forces in Japan. After the military, Mr. Butler utilized the GI Bill to attend Georgetown College and then the University of Kentucky from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Social Sciences.
Mr. Butler’s distinguished career with the Commonwealth of Kentucky began in January, 1951 and concluded as Commissioner of Medicaid in 1992—41 years later in virtually the same area of health and social programs within the Cabinet for Human Resources after diligently serving in the administrations of eleven different governors.
In 1965, Mr. Butler concentrated on developing Kentucky’s Medicaid program through policy and budget initiatives. Over the next 27 years, his progressive concepts generated significant program growth: existing coverage funding substantially increased while the scope of services widened to include low-income, social security beneficiaries, Home of the Innocents patients, children on ventilators and other medically-needy people, effectively and relevantly improving an estimated 300,000 or more lives, overall.
Appointed as Executive Director of the Center for Program Development in 1975, his additional responsibilities encompassed policy and development of financial aid programs including Aid to Dependent Children, the Aged, Blind and Disabled, and Food Stamps.
In 1985, his office introduced an acceptable, managed, patient access and care system limiting participants to a primary physician which reduced duplicated services and prescriptions while providing financial incentive for doctors to accept lower-paying Medicaid patients. Featured in a nationally-televised broadcast, the program became a model for the nation, potentially saved taxpayers millions of dollars, and remained in effect for over 25 years.
Mr. Butler assembled, guided and engaged an elite, talented, professional staff instrumental in the success of the department’s accomplishments. Individually, their continued and significant career contributions aptly perpetuate a legacy of dedication and service benefiting the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Richard Clayton, PhD
Richard (Dick) Clayton was raised in Alexandria, Louisiana, graduated from Louisiana College (BA, 1963), Florida State University (MA, 1966), University of Tennessee (PhD, 1970) in sociology. From 1966-68 he was an Assistant Professor in Sociology (Chair 1967-68) at Stetson University.
Dick was appointed Assistant Professor of Sociology at UK (August 1970) promoted to Associate Professor with tenure (1973) and Professor (1979). In 1977-78 he was Visiting Scientist at NIDA working on drugs & crime research agenda.
In 1972 Clayton became member of research team conducting a nationwide epidemiological study of drug use among young men born 1944-54, funded by the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention (SAODAP) in Executive Office of the White House. National sample and sample from high drug use areas in Manhattan were drawn from Selective Service files, monographs published (1976, 1981). Clayton published The Family, Marriage and Social Change (1976, 1979).
Center for Prevention Research funded by NIDA in 1986, only Center funded first round with Dick as Director and faculty from multiple departments across UK comprising transdisciplinary research team. Dick’s project was a RCT evaluation of D.A.R.E. He helped establish Society for Prevention Research, served as 2nd President, and received Presidential Award for outstanding contributions to prevention science (2005).
Clayton received both the Great Teacher Award (UK Alumni Association) and the University Research Professor award.
From 1996-2009 Dick was Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Tobacco Etiology Research Network (TERN), the first transdisciplinary research network at the Foundation and in the substance abuse field. It consisted of 13 senior and 11 junior scientists, had 25 major meetings through December 2009, total funding near $9 million.
Dick was appointed Good Samaritan Foundation Endowed Chair in School of Public Health (January 2001), helped establish the UK College of Public Health, served 2 terms as Interim Chair (Preventive Medicine & Environmental Health), was founding Chair (Health Behavior) and founding Associate Dean for Research.
The Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking was created by Tom Cooper (UK CPH Hall of Fame member) and Dick Clayton (1984) and have trained over 1,500 community-level volunteers to deliver the CC Method. More than 12,000 Kentuckians are non-smokers because of the C/C Method.
Dick Clayton retired (July 2013) after 43 years at UK, published 8 books, more than 100 articles and chapters, including the only required chapter in 1st, 2nd Triennial Reports to Congress on Drug Abuse and Drug Abuse Research.
Sheila A. Schuster, PhD
Sheila A. Schuster, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with graduate degrees from Purdue University and the University of Louisville. After twenty-seven years of practice as a child psychologist, Dr. Schuster now devotes her full-time work to public policy advocacy on mental health, health care and disabilities issues.
In 1982, Dr. Schuster helped establish and now leads the Kentucky Mental Health Coalition, composed of 80+ organizations representing consumers, families, advocates and providers. She was the first Executive Director of the Kentucky Psychological Association, serving from 1989-2000, and continues to represent that organization as federal and state legislative liaison. Dr. Schuster currently heads the Advocacy Action Network (AAN), an umbrella organization which includes a number of advocacy groups addressing health care, mental health, social justice and disability issues. AAN has coordinated the advocacy activities of Kentucky Voices for Health, whose goal is to increase health coverage and access to quality health care across the Commonwealth. Dr. Schuster currently serves as Chair of this 250-member coalition.
Because of her leadership role in the 1990’s in representing consumers’ concerns around health care issues, Dr. Schuster was appointed by Governor Patton as the first consumer representative on the KY Department of Insurance’s Health Advisory Council. She was one of the incorporators of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and completed two terms as its Chair.
Dr. Schuster is a member of the KY Institute of Medicine and a graduate of Leadership Louisville. She has been honored by numerous organizations for her advocacy efforts to improve the availability and quality of health and mental health care in the Commonwealth and to assure that individuals with mental illness and other disabilities, children, and those without access have the services and supports they need to realize their potential.
Sheila Schuster left St. Louis, MO after high school to attend The Catholic University of America, where she completed her undergraduate degree in psychology. She then worked in New York City at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before moving to Louisville in 1970 to complete her graduate studies. She has a son and a daughter, both of whom live in Louisville with their families. Dr. Schuster is quick to say that while advocacy is her passion, her five grandchildren are her joy!