McGinnis, Norman "Bud"
March 8, 1925 - Nov. 6, 2012
Bud McGinnis passed away at TideWell Hospice House on November 6th after a short illness. He was born in 1925 in Washington, DC to Norman F. McGinnis, Sr. and Edythe Klotz McGinnis, and was a career Army officer, serving in three wars: World War II
in the Philippines, Korea, and then Laos during the Vietnam war
. He was also posted to Austria and Alaska accompanied by his family. After 21 years of active duty, Bud retired from the Army Corps of Engineers as a Lt. Colonel. He worked as a Project Manager for TRW (now Northrup Grumman) for another 14 years, helping design a rapid transit system for Denver, and then experimental coal bed methane recovery development methods, drilling an experimental gas well in Waynesburg, PA and in Rawlings, WY and a larger field in Tuscaloosa, AL before retiring a second time. In 1984, Bud and his wife, Betty, moved to Sarasota part-time, spending summers in Virginia in their second home on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay waterfront, and winters in Sarasota, boating and golfing in both places. Bud was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Northern Neck of Virginia and Sarasota Flotilla 84. He also became the Commander of Sarasota Power Squadron in 1993-94. He was a member of Sarasota Yacht Club, serving as Commodore in 1996-97, and helped plan the new Yacht Club building. He also volunteered at Doctor's Hospital and the All Faiths Food Bank; and enjoyed his long-time poker buddies. He received his undergraduate engineering degree from the University of Nebraska, also attending Texas A & M and George Washington University where he was a Sigma Nu. He was predeceased by his first son, Steven who passed on in 1975. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Betty (Richardson); two sons Robert (Janet) of Charlottesville, VA, and James (Beverly), of Melbourne, FL; two grandchildren, Alex (Yana) of St. Cloud, FL, and Kelsey (Garry) of Huntsville, AL; and a sister, Patricia F. Messick, of Harrisburg, PA. He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. Contributions to his life would be appreciated by Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron or TideWell Hospice House. Services will be private at a later date.