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BUDDE, Michael

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Budde, Michael. (Dubuque, IA, Sept. 18, 1945--Asbury, IA, Jan. 19, 2023) The son of Norbert William and Dorothy May Budde, Michael married Linda Miller in ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

He served his country in the United States Army beginning in 1965 and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as a Specialist 5 in 1968.

After discharge from the army, Mike returned to school, receiving a B.A. in Sociology and Teaching from LORAS COLLEGE, an M.A. in Sociology from Marquette University, and an M. Ed. in Sociology from South Dakota State University, where he was also a Doctoral Candidate. From 1971 to 1988, Budde worked as an Associate Professor of Sociology at Loras. In 1988 he He co-founded ADVANCED DATA-COMM. INC. which he owned and operated as CEO for 20 years. After selling the business, he returned to his first love in education at Loras College and held an administrative advisory role for another several years before retiring in 2011. Mike came out of retirement temporarily to serve as Interim CEO at the NATIONAL MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM AND AQUARIUM in 2017.

Mike was very active in his community including civic involvement as Asbury City Council member and Asbury mayor from January 1, 1978, to January 1, 1994. He served on many boards including MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, DUBUQUE GIRLS' CLUB, Iowa Workforce Development Region One, HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, Matter Creative Center and the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE.

In 1985 Budde established the Center for Business and Social Research which provided survey research services to many area businesses and non-profits on a fee for service basis. (1) He co-founded ADVANCED DATA-COMM. INC. in 1988 and served as its president.

He was named to the JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BUSINESS HALL OF FAME in 2006. (2)



1. Arnold, Bill, "Tri-States' Job Environment Requires Stream of New Faces," Telegraph Herald, March 1, 1992, p. 1

2. "Business Icons Bound for Hall of Fame," Telegraph Herald, June 12, 2006, p. 5