Buell Munson '51

Buell Munson, age 91, of Hemet, CA passed away on August 14, 2012. He was born on October 29, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Buell and Margaret Elizabeth Munson. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1942 with a B.A. in English and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1951 with a B.E.E. in Communications. He married Ruth Alberta Horner in 1942 and moved to Spokane, Washington to work for the US Army Signal Corp as a radio technician.

In 1944, Buell enlisted in the US Navy and was assigned to a radar picket ship, destroyer DD837, (Hawkins) and saw active duty in the pacific fleet. Buell spent his 20 year career in the aero space industry starting in New York and ending in California. He left the aero space industry to become a professor at Orange Coast Community College where he taught for 10 years. He wrote and published Electronic Shop practice manual teaching his students. Upon retirement in 1980, Buell and Ruth retired to Hemet where he taught part time at Mt. San Jacinto Community College and started the electronics laboratory where again, he wrote his own lab manual.

Buell and Ruth were both very active in many projects with the Hemet United Methodist Church, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and sang with the Happy Harmoneers. In his later years, he was most happy spending time in his garden growing flowers for his wife and sitting on their porch enjoying the humming birds and wild birds that he fed on a regular basis.