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Samuel Wright Bodman III (November 26, 1938 – September 7, 2018) was an American politician, who was the 11th United States Secretary of Energy serving during the George W. Bush administration from 2005 to 2009. He was also at different times the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and the Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

Sam Bodman
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11th United States Secretary of Energy
In office
January 31, 2005 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded bySpencer Abraham
Succeeded bySteven Chu
United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
In office
February 2004 – January 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byKenneth W. Dam
Succeeded byRobert Kimmitt
United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 2001 – December 2003
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byRobert Mallett
Succeeded byTheodore Kassinger
Personal details
Born
Samuel Wright Bodman III

(1938-11-26)November 26, 1938
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedSeptember 7, 2018(2018-09-07) (aged 79)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Diane Petrella Barber
EducationCornell University (BSc)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MSc, DSc)

In December 2004, Bodman was nominated to replace Spencer Abraham as the Energy Secretary and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on January 31, 2005. During his tenure, he oversaw the security problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a budget in excess of $23 billion and over 100,000 federal and contractor employees.

Early lifeEdit

Bodman was born on November 26, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Lina (Lindsay) and Samuel Wright Bodman.[1] Bodman spent his early years in the Chicago suburbs before he graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.[2] He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and the Sphinx Head Society.[3]

In 1965, he completed his Doctor of Science in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[4]

CareerEdit

Bodman served as an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and began his work in the financial sector as Technical Director of the American Research and Development Corporation, a venture capital firm.[2]

From there, Bodman went to Fidelity Venture Associates, a division of the Fidelity Investments.[2] In 1983 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investments and a Director of the Fidelity Group of Mutual Funds.[2] In 1987, he joined Cabot Corporation, a Boston-based Fortune 300 company with global business activities in specialty chemicals and materials, where he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director.[5][6]

Bodman was a past director of M.I.T.'s School of Engineering Practice and a onetime member of the M.I.T. Commission on Education.[2] He also was as a member of the Executive and Investment Committees at M.I.T., a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a Trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the New England Aquarium.[4]

He was also a past director of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.[2]

Bush AdministrationEdit

Bodman served as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the George W. Bush Administration beginning in February 2004.[4] He also served the Bush Administration as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce beginning in 2001.[4]

On December 10, 2004, Bodman was nominated to replace Spencer Abraham as the United States Secretary of Energy and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on January 31, 2005, taking office the next day.[7] He led the Department of Energy with a budget in excess of $23 billion and over 100,000 federal and contractor employees.[8]

In February 2007, Bodman testified before the United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces about security problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory.[9] He stated that "The heart of the problem is a cultural issue at Los Alamos".[10] He asserted that the impediment to improved security was "Arrogance. Arrogance of the chemists and physicists and engineers who work at Los Alamos and think they’re above it all".[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Bodman married M. Diane (Petrella) Barber in 1997.[11] He had three children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren.[12]

Bodman died in El Paso on September 7, 2018 at the age of 79.[11][13] The cause of death was reported to be a complications from primary progressive aphasia.[14] His death was announced by former President George W. Bush on the same day.[11]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Samuel Wright Bodman". Google Books. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Samuel Bodman". The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Cornell University". Alpha Sigma Phi. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Samuel W. Bodman, Secretary of Energy". George Bush White House. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Former Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman Dies". CBS. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Former Energy Secretary Bodman Dies at 79". AJC. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Bodman Sworn in as 11th Secretary of Energy". U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "President Bush Requests $25 Billion for U.S. Department of Energy's FY 2009 Budget". U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Bodman Blames Scientists For Problems at Los Alamos". NTI.org. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Bodman Blames Scientists For Problems at Los Alamos", Jon Fox, Global Security Newswire, Feb. 2007.
  11. ^ a b c Former Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman Dies
  12. ^ "Department of Energy biography". Archived from the original on June 11, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2007.
  13. ^ "Statement from Secretary Perry on the passing of Samuel W. Bodman". U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  14. ^ Samuel W. Bodman, 79; former Fidelity executive served as US energy secretary

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