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Memorial Tributes: Volume 7
HORACE SMART "BUD" BEATTIE
BY ROBERT M. DRAKE, JR., AND WILLIAM RILEY
ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1993, Horace S. "Bud" Beattie, who retired as vice-president of engineering, Office Products Division of the International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation some twenty years earlier, passed away at his thoroughbred horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Beattie, or Bud as everyone knew him, was employed by IBM for over forty years and served as a consultant many years after he retired. Mr. Beattie received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal in 1971 and the Engineering Citation of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1973. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1976.
Upon elevating Bud to the level of IBM corporate vice-president in 1972, IBM Chairman Thomas J. Watson, Jr., said, "Bud, you are one of the two or three most creative engineers and inventors ever to be in IBM . . . and in addition you're a great leader of men." W. J. Maloney, retired IBM vice-president, recently commented that "everyone who knew Bud, from the chairman to the newest engineer, agreed with this appraisal of this very unique man." Mr. Maloney went on to say that ''Bud was not only the proverbial engineer's engineer but was well ahead of his time in leading and motivating an engineering division. You could never catch Bud in his office before 10:30 or 11:00 in the morning . . . because from 8:00 to 11:00 every day he went into the laboratories to keep himself abreast of