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Benjamin H. Kaestner

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1974


Johns Hopkins University

Benjamin Henry "Bud" Kaestner enjoyed a fine reputation in football, basketball and lacrosse. A graduate of Friends School in Baltimore, he was awarded a varsity letter four successive years for his participation in lacrosse. He was also named to the high school football and basketball all-star team in 1938 and 1939.

A member of the All-American lacrosse team for three years while he was attending Johns Hopkins University, Bud earned the distinction of being the finest inside defense player and perhaps the most finished close defense player of the North-South Game of 1942. Bud served as head coach of the freshman lacrosse team at Hopkins. Continuing with the game of lacrosse upon completion of his college years, he played with the Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club for nine years. Bud was elected to the all-time Mt. Washington Team in 1965 and to the all-time Johns Hopkins University Team in 1946.

Bud's lacrosse abilities, as well as his love for the game, have been passed on to six of his 10 children. Hank, Reed, John, Bruce Shackelford, Peter, and Tom were named to the All-Maryland Scholastic Association Lacrosse Team during their prep school years. Hank, Reed, and John were also All-Americans during their college careers. Bud was past president of the E. A. Kaestner Co. He passed away in 1990.