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Robert Henry "Bud" Annan


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Robert Henry "Bud" Annan Obituary
Annan, Robert Henry "Bud"
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at his home in Scottsdale, AZ on October 4, 2016. Born in Beloit, KS on June 28, 1938 to Robert and Cecelia (Landenberg) Annan, Bud earned a BS from Kansas State ('60) and an MBA from George Washington University ('68) where he also completed postgraduate studies in International Economics. Later he taught as a guest lecturer at universities and served as a vital resource for Arizona State University's solar energy program. His entire adult life was spent in service to his country, first as a USN Lieutenant and a Vietnam Veteran before being handpicked by Admiral Hyman Rickover for an elite group of engineers who helped usher in the country's "Nuclear Navy." After his military service, Bud began what would be a 35-year career in the US federal government culminating in the position of Special Assistant to the Secretary of Energy and garnering the prestigious US Presidential Medal for Meritorious Service in 1993. His professional career was dedicated to the development and advancement of renewable energies specifically solar electricity in the US and in the developing world. His goal was to improve the lives of others by bringing badly needed electric power to impoverished and remote areas around the world including South Africa, India, the Amazon Rainforest and American Indian Reservations in particular. A true renaissance man, Bud was a gifted photographer, painter, and sculptor. A nationally ranked triathlete, he was a competitive marathon runner, cyclist, masters swimmer - and even a long board surfer in Hawaii. Family was paramount in Bud's life and he delighted in watching his children and grandchildren grow. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 29 at Messinger's, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to at www.hov.org or the Solar Electric Light Fund at www.self.org
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 16, 2016
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