Robert D. Bugher, longtime APWA Executive Director Emeritus, dies at 93

We wish to share the sad news of the passing of Robert D. Bugher, longtime APWA Executive Director Emeritus, died on Monday, March 11. He was 93. On behalf of APWA and all of its members, we wish the Bugher family our condolences and are grateful for all of his contributions to APWA and the profession over many years.

Bob served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a first lieutenant during WWII. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan. He devoted his career to advancing the public works profession, serving as APWA Executive Director for 33 years. He retired from APWA on November 1, 1989.

In his final “Executive Director’s Report” that ran in the December 1989 issue of the APWA Reporter, Bugher wrote, “Thank you very much for your cooperation and support. It has truly been an honor for me to serve as Executive Director of this great organization. I acknowledge with sincere thanks and appreciation the cooperation I have always received from the Boards of Directors, and the dedicated work of staff members who have served with me over the years.”

Bugher’s family members were always his life’s greatest joy and passion. He was also an avid basketball fan, rooting for the Purdue and University of Michigan teams.

Bugher’s obituary can be found at where remembrances and condolences can be posted on the Tribute Wall. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Valley.

David L. Lawry, PE
APWA President

Scott D. Grayson, CAE
APWA Executive Director