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Norbert W. Muench '41

Norbert W. Muench '41 died August 2, 2010.
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 NORBERT W. “BUD” MUENCH ’41

 Norbert W. “Bud” Muench, 90, of Seminole, Fla., died Aug. 2, 2010, with his family by his side. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Dec. 4, 1919, he was the son of Mildred Gang and Norbert C.H. Muench.

He graduated cum laude from Amherst College as a proud member of the Class of 1941.

Bud enlisted in the Navy V-7 Program in January 1942, entered into the U.S. Coast Guard Academy CRC program and was commissioned in November 1942. In June 1943, he was ordered to flight training, and in November 1943, he was designated as coast guard aviator number-192. He attended both the U.S. Naval War College and the National War College reserve training schools. He retired as a captain in 1972 after 30 years of dedicated service.        

Returning to civilian life after WWII, he obtained an M.B.A. from the Wharton School. This led him to professional experience with Coopers & Lybrand and Booz Allen Hamilton along with CPA certificates from New York and Florida. He was a financial analyst and methods coordinator for Mobil International Oil Company in New York City. Moving back to Syracuse, he took a position with Jay B. Rudolph, Inc., where he became the executive vice president. 

Bud’s greatest joy was his family. During family gatherings, he would love to talk about his military experience and his wonderful years at Amherst. Whenever he traveled, he would always make it a point to see if any of his Amherst alumni were residing near his travel destination. We had the fortune/privilege of attending Bud’s 50th Class Reunion and meeting many of his former classmates. During his last few years when it became difficult for him to get around, he would enjoy sitting in his favorite recliner reading his Amherst College Class of 1941 50th Reunion Book. 

Survivors are his beloved wife of 62 years, Irene (Renee) of Seminole, Fla.; daughter Kathryn; two sons, William and Mark; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  

—Bill Muench

 

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