Irving Flint Foote


Irving Flint "Bud" Foote, was born August 19, 1930, in Linconia, New Hampshire to Lewis Ford and Margaret Flint Foote. He grew up in Lincoln, Northwood and Goffstown, New Hampshire and graduated from Goffstown High School in l947.


Bud was an Eagle Scout.


Bud attended Princeton University. He spent his junior year in France studying at the Sorbonne and hitchhiking around Europe. This year of adventure was the source of many of his ideas about food, drink, jazz clubs and how to live the good life. He crafted his adventures and ideas into the stories he told, perhaps to you. He was fluent in French, opening doors to many friendships.


Princeton shaped Bud's intellectual life and critical capacities and afforded him strong friendships that he maintained throughout his life. He was awarded honors in English when he received his Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from Princeton in l952; Phi Beta Kappa, First in English. In l958 Bud earned a Master of Arts in English from the University of Connecticut. He credits the UConn graduate school with teaching him how to teach college students. Friends from UConn included Mary Arnold Twining, retired Director of Doctor of Arts in Humanities and Undergraduate Humanities Programs at Clark Atlanta University, with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship.


At UConn he met and married Caryl Kenig. They had two sons, William Lewis Foote, II, and James Murray Foote, both residents of New York City.


After Bud and Cayrl divorced, he met and married Martha (Miki) Rush. They had two children, Anna Kathleen Copello and Joseph Nathaniel Foote. Both live with their families in Atlanta. Bud and Miki divorced in 1967.

Bud and Ruth Anne Quinn married in l968. They had two sons, Samuel Joshua Foote and Lewis Ford Foote, II, both of Atlanta.


Bud became an instructor in English at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of l957, beginning a career that spanned 40 years. Students, books and colleagues at Georgia Tech nurtured his interests and pursuits, which included teaching, reading and writing. He developed courses in speed reading, African American literature and science fiction, and brought noted science fiction authors to campus. He also wrote topical songs in support of peace, civil rights and women's rights. His songs of protest opposed war, highways, and a variety of other issues. He played guitar and banjo and co-founded The Atlanta Folk Music Society.


Bud was an author and poet. His publications include The Connecticut Yankee in the Twentieth Century; Travel to the Past in Science Fiction and Between Me and the Beach; Poems from Dauphin Island, and St. Petersburg Poems: A Multimedia Presentation. He wrote jacket blurbs for noted science fiction authors and book reviews for The National Review, The Atlanta Constitution and the Detroit News. Unpublished works include the poems for Ruth Anne that are included in this booklet.


Bud wrote more than 100 "Foibles" for The Great Speckled Bird, an alternative Atlanta newspaper published in the '60s & '70s under the pen name "Og, King of Bashan." He presented and published scholarly papers and served as a visiting professor at the Academy of Science in St. Petersburg, Russia. He retired in 1999 as a professor from Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Culture and Communication, and was named Professor Emeritus.


In late 1979 Bud and Ruth Anne sponsored a family recently arrived from Vietnam; Ngoc (Kim) Nuegen, her brother Thein and her two young daughters Li and Lynn, who, with their families, continue to be dear friends.


After a pin-point stroke in May 2004, Bud confronted several challenging physical episodes over the year with his usual New England stoic tenacity. On March 12, he died peacefully at home from complications of a stroke, surrounded by his wife and family members, close friends and pastor.


He is survived by a rainbow of friends from many places and the close knit family which was so important to him:


Wife Ruth Anne
Son and Daughter-in-law William Lewis II and Monica
Sons James Murray, Joseph Nathaniel, Samuel Joshua and Lewis Ford II
Daughter and Son-in-law Anna Kathleen and Roger Copello
Grandchildren Cayrl Lucia, Matthew Tyler Copello, Kathrine Margaret and Victoria Rose
Mother Margaret Foote
Brother and Sister-in-law William Lewis and Mary
Nieces Debbie Merrit and Lisa Mullin & her daughter Allison Nicole
Sister-and-brother-in-law Martha Jane Quinn and Fred Raedels
Nephews John Mark Raedels and children Elizabeth Schuyler and Jarod Mark, and Christopher Quinn Raedels, wife Edna Lynette and children Quinn Walter and Carson-Faye.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to, The Georgia Tech Library, Bud Foote Fiction Memorial, Georgia Tech School of Literature, Communications and Culture attn: Ken Knoesple at GA Tech, Atlanta, GA, 30332-0165; or Clifton Sanctuary Ministries, Inc. 369 Connecticut Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.


The family will receive visitors at home; Tuesday March 15 from 4:00 to 8:00. Memorial services will be held at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, 118 Second Ave. Decatur; March 16 at 4:30.