The awards committee cited his work with Springfield College in Illinois (now Benedictine University Springfield), St. John’s Hospital, the United Way and a variety of other civic and charitable efforts. He also was elected one of the first members of the board that oversees the Prairie Capital Convention Center.
Budinger discussed his life, family, work at The Franklin, involvement in the arts, travel, philosophy and other topics in an oral history interview in 1980. The interview is on file at the University of Illinois Springfield.
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