Brian Butterick AKA Hattie Hathaway: We Call Your Name

January 30, 2019

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and Howl! Board member, Brian Butterick aka Hattie Hathaway. Under treatment and fighting lung cancer for the past six months, he was surrounded by all the friends who loved and cherished him.  His warmth, intelligence, wit and friendship, have sustained all of us throughout his many years as a fierce creative force in the community. Provocateur, satirist, and magnet for bringing together diverse individuals into his visionary process, he was an inspiration and a driving force in the Downtown arts world and in all our hearts. We will miss him.  We love him. We honor him. We call his name.

A memorial will be announced in the next few weeks. In the meantime, anyone wishing to pay tribute with a story, memory or photo of Hattie, should feel welcome to share their thoughts at

Michael Musto’s recent interview with Hattie can be found here at Paper Magazine.

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