Edward Lee ‘Bud’ Mulcahy

March 18, 1935 - May 26, 2015
Edward Lee "Bud" Mulcahy in front of a clean water well he organized in Kenya.
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Edward Lee “Bud” Mulcahy died at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center May 26th after a long battle with cancer.

God indeed broke the mold when He created Bud. An extraordinary athlete, cowboy, and horseman, young Buddy committed his life to Jesus at the age of sixteen.

His Horatio Alger story epitomized the American dream of hard work as his amazing lifestory has been featured in numerous news articles in Texas and Colorado.

Growing up on a rural Texas farm without running water or electricity during the Depression, Bud was the first of his family to attend college, graduating from The University (of Texas) in 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He married his college sweetheart and the love of his life for 58 years, Sandra Frances Mueller.

Upon graduation, Bud worked in nuclear research at the University of California at Los Alamos. Later, he did post graduate work at SMU and while at LTV, Bud tested the Apollo space suit and the heat shield for NASA’s Space Shuttle in his laboratory, publishing papers in thermal dynamics.

In 1971, he left the corporate world and started his own business, Lee Engineering.

After retiring, Bud traveled to Africa where he and Sandy befriended a butler from a Kenyan village without running water or electricity. Bud and a volunteer team from Texas and Aspen drilled a water well and the village named a newly established school Tillebei (clean water) “Bud” Academy.

He is survived by his wife Sandy and children, Lee and Cynthia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity Bud and Sandy founded: Africa Water Wells at Grace Covenant Church, 3402 W I-20, Arlington, TX 76017