Academic Administration | Communications

February 7, 2013

 TO:  AU Faculty and Staff
 FROM:  Violeta T. Ettle, Vice Provost for Academic Administration
 SUBJECT:  AU Mourns The Passing of Fred (Bud) Burkhard


American University mourns the unexpected passing of Fred (Bud) Burkhard, Special Assistant to the Provost. Bud’s broad knowledge of higher education policies, administration, and trends made him an invaluable source of support to the Provost and to the Vice Provost for Academic Administration. "Bud contributed meaningfully to the academic administration at AU. His dedication, selflessness, compassion, and wit will be dearly missed by his colleagues and friends," said Violeta Ettle, Vice Provost for Academic Administration.

Bud is survived by his wife Jeannine (Nina) Lafiner and their two daughters. A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel at 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, MD 21784. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carroll County Food Sunday, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster, MD 21157, or Maryland Food Bank, PO Box 17369, Baltimore, MD 21297-1369. To send online condolences, visit

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