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Dr. William Maynard Bugbee, 82, West Fargo, ND passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Essentia Health in Fargo. He was born in Clinton, IA on May 13, 1935, the son of Florence (Moscrip) and Maynard Bugbee. Always proud of his accomplishments from a very humble beginning, he was able to work his way through the University of Iowa and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with a major in botany and minors in chemistry and German. He was drafted into the peacetime army from 1958-1960 and served as a Physical Science Technician at the U.S. Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD.
On March 15, 1957 Bill married Joy Mae Bryant in St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clinton, IA. He continued his education and earned a Masters Degree in 1962 and a PhD in 1965 from the University of Minnesota majoring in Plant Pathology.
He was a research plant pathologist for 30 years for the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He started his career in Portageville, MO researching cotton diseases where his research helped growers reduce their losses to cotton seeding diseases. Bill later transferred to the campus of North Dakota State University for the remainder of his tenure where he researched diseases of sugar beets. He was Research Leader of the Sugar Beet Research Unit for twelve years. Bill was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology. He published 85 research papers, one book chapter and developed breeding lines of sugar beets with resistance to storage pathogens. Bills research gave a better understanding of losses in storage piles and the pathogens that cause the losses. Other research revealed the resistance of a leaf spot pathogen to specific fungicides. This finding prompted the search for new fungicides and alternative methods of application. He received a Meritorious Service Award in 1994 from the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists and was a member of the honorary professional societies of Sigma Xi and Alpha Gamma Delta and a member of Whos Who in the Midwest for 1980-1981.
William enjoyed fishing (catch and release), woodworking, gardening, the Internet, and activities with his wife, Joy, at their lake home on Loon Lake near Vergas, MN.
He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, West Fargo, serving on the Lay Ministry Board and various volunteer activities. He also attended a Lectionary Bible study for several years at Olivet Lutheran Church.
Bill is survived by his wife, Joy; Pamela (born at the U.S. Army Hospital Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD); Brian (born in St. Paul, MN; William (Begona) (born in Hayti, MO); Jennifer (born in Sikeston, MO); and grandchildren, William A. and Zachary.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
There will be a funeral service at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Faith Journey Lutheran Church, West Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 2, 2017
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