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MU civil engineering alumnus Moulder dies at 88

James E. "Bud" Moulder, seen here at the dedication of the 2009 renovation of Lafferre Hall, died Oct. 24 at the age of 88. Moulder earned his bachelor's in civil engineering from MU in 1953 and his master's in 1955, and he was an active supporter of MU and the College of Engineering.

James E. “Bud” Moulder, seen here at the dedication of the 2009 renovation of Lafferre Hall, died Oct. 24 at the age of 88. Moulder earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering from MU in 1953 and his master’s in 1955, and he was an active supporter of MU and the College of Engineering.

James E. “Bud” Moulder, BS CiE ’53, MS CiE ’55, of Columbia, Mo., died Friday, Oct. 24 at the age of 88. He was a lifelong and very active supporter of the MU College of Engineering, serving as past president and an active member of the MU Engineering Alumni Association (MUEAO) and was a lifetime member of the Mizzou Alumni Association. Moulder also actively served on the college’s Public Policy Advisory Committee and the Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Committee. He also is an honored member of the MU Civil Engineering Academy of Fame.

For 28 years, Moulder worked at R.W. Booker in St. Louis, eventually becoming its chief executive officer and chairman of the board. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and in the U.S. Army during the conflict in Korea.

The active MU alumnus served a wide variety of organizations in various capacities. He was a founding member of the St. Louis Engineering Alumni, chaired the MU Alumni Advising Council and served on the Board of Governors at Truman State University — then known as Northeast Missouri State University.

Moulder was a member of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Hall of Fame, and the National Society of Professional Engineers named him a fellow in 2007. Moulder also was an active Rotary Club member, serving on its board of directors. He served as president of the Skyway Farms board and was a member of both the Engineers Club of St. Louis and Burns Club of St. Louis.

In 2009, the College of Engineering created the James E. “Bud” Moulder Distinguished Alumni Award in his honor. It is presented annually to an individual or group who has provided exceptional contributions of services or resources to the College of Engineering, as well as exceptional planning and direction of significant projects consistent with the college’s mission.