Bud Franklin

The following obituary was passed on from Joe Moore who received it from Jim Thompson.

An old and dear friend of many of us, Bud Franklin passed away last Friday from complications in recovery from hip surgery performed last fall. For the last five years he has been in Houston, Texas with his four daughters, his 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. During this time period he successfully underwent several surgeries but not without some toll to a man in his eighties. Recovery was difficult after the hip surgery late last year, yet he seemed to rally from the holidays up to mid-January, but then began to weaken progressively with time until last week. He was fortunate to spend time with his large family and to be in the loving care of his daughters and other family members.

Bud had two tours of duty with Hughes. The first was in the late sixties leading the satellite new business activities. He then moved on to VP Space Division, NA Rockwell and later had a two-decade-long entrepreneurial adventure in the Texas oil business. In 1995 Bud returned to Hughes as a consultant in support of the development and sales of the HS 702 satellite product line. Not too long after the Boeing transition he moved on to Aerospace Corp. but remained in contact with many of his former Hughes colleagues. He retired to Texas around 2010.

The funeral service will be held this coming Saturday 2-13-16 at the Bridgepoint Bible Church located at:

Bridgepoint Bible Church

13277 Katy Freeway

Houston, TX 77079

(832) 488-1330

Flowers may be sent to the church or to the home of his daugther Julianne Murphy at:

The Murphy Family

12670 Briar Patch Rd.

Houston, TX 77077


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About Jack Fisher

Jack was a systems engineer at Hughes from 1961 to 1992. He contributed to various programs including Surveyor, Pioneer Venus, Galileo, Intelsat VI and innumerable proposals. He was the manager of of the Spacecraft Systems Engineering Lab until his retirement. Upon retirement Jack taught systems engineering at a number of national and international venues.

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  1. Although I never worked for him, Bud enriched the experience of working at Hughes for me and many others. It was always clear that he was about new business and I played a role in helping him get identified for the opportunity at Rockwell. It surprised me when the job was offered to him and he accepted it. He loved the folks at Hughes.
    He was enthusiastic about the work, he was open to ideas and suggestions, he was clear in his opinions and choices, he was never ego driven, and most important he was honest and never devious.. Bud is one of those people you enjoyed knowing during your career and grateful for the many thoughts that you shared with each other.

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