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  • Dr. George F. Budd

  • Dr. George F. Budd, 93, president emeritus of Pittsburg State University and St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., died at 10:10 a.m. Friday, January 2, 2009 at Cornerstone Village.

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  • Dr. George F. Budd, 93, president emeritus of Pittsburg State University and St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., died at 10:10 a.m. Friday, January 2, 2009 at Cornerstone Village.
    He was born July 2, 1915 at Oswego, New York, the son of George F. and Mary Ellen (Carter) Budd. Mr. Budd received his Bachelor of Science in Education from State Teachers College in Buffalo, NY in 1942. He then attended Teachers College, Columbia University where he received his Master of Arts in Teacher Education in 1944 and his Doctor of Education in Administration of Higher Education in 1951.
    A native of New York, Dr. Budd, began his education career in 1939 as a teacher in Monticello, NY until 1942. On December 23, 1942, he was united in marriage to Laura S. Schmelzer at the First Presbyterian Church in Denver, CO.
    He served his country in the United States Army from 1942 to 1943, where he was honorably discharged as a corporal.
    From 1952 to 1965, he served as president of St. Cloud University, coming to Pittsburg on September 1, 1965.
    Dr. Budd was one of only 20 out of nearly 3,000 college presidents in the United States to receive the Danforth Foundation Independent Travel and Study tour Grant during the 1970-1971 academic year. He and Mrs. Budd toured Spain and much of Europe during the four-month program for outstanding college and university administrators. Dr. Budd also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the State University of New York College of Arts and Sciences at Oswego, NY, which was presented to him in 1969. He was Chairman of a 14-man U.S. Department of States Higher Education Study Team to India in 1963 and studied educational systems in England, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia in 1959.
    When Dr. Budd became president of Kansas State College of Pittsburg, the college experienced significant academic reorganization under his leadership. He created new administrative offices and reorganized the school into three schools of arts and sciences, education and technology. During his tenure, the McPherson Nurse Education Building ant eh Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building were constructed. The College High school building was remodeled and became the Kelce Center. Dr. Budd will always be remembered for reshaping Pittsburg State University during a difficult period in the history of higher education.
    Dr. Budd was a member of the Kansas Council of Presidents, the Kansas Council on Economic Education, and was President of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as well as a past President of the Pittsburg Rotary Club, National Council Representative of the Mo-Kan Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Board of Directors of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, the American Royal Association, where he served on the Board of Governors, and the Morgan Horse Club, Inc., where he was on the Board of Directors. He has ridden with the Coal Valley and Mission Valley Hunt Club. He was also a member of the Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg.
    Page 2 of 2 - He is survived by two sons, Dr. John C. Budd of Park City, Utah and Dr. G. Thomas of Cleveland, OH; a daughter, Catherine E. Budd of Pittsburg; and five grandchildren.
    Dr. Budd was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Laura.
    The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday (January 7) in the parlor of the Wilkinson Alumni Center on the campus of Pittsburg State University. According to his wishes, Dr. Budd has been cremated. The family suggests memorials to the Dr. George and Laura Budd Scholarship Fund at Pittsburg State University. Friends may sign the register book at the Brenner Mortuary after 10 a.m. Monday or at the Memorial Service on Wednesday. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.

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