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Few individuals have contributed as much to the game of lacrosse in the role of player, coach, and administrator as Buzzy Budnitz. After being honored as a first team All-Maryland attackman in 1949, Buzzy matricualted from City College to Johns Hopkins University where he was later to become a member of the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team. His first varsity year at Hopkins he was named to the honorable mention All-American team and quickly ascended in 1952 to first team All-American. This feat was again repeated in his senior year when he was also awarded the Turnbull Trophy as the outstanding attack player in the country. Perhaps the most unpublicized achievement of Buzzy's career was that while he was enjoying an outstanding career as a lacrosse player at Hopkins, he was also named as a first team All-American soccer player in 1952.
After fulfilling his military obligation, Budnitz embarked on a club career with the Mt. Washington Wolfpack that would span a period of ten years, 1956-1965. He was twice honored as the outstanding player of the United States Club Lacrosse Association, in 1962 and again in 1965. In an effort to put back into the game, he donated his time as a coach at Loyola High School in 1956 and 1957, to the Gilman School from 1961-66, and then at Johns Hopkins, from 1966-74.
In spite of all his lacrosse activities, Buzzy found time to become one of the most successful insurance men in the Baltimore area. In 1967 he was the leading producer for Provident Mutual Life Insurance. As a much sought after speaker, he lectured at the University of Indiana, the University of Connecticut, the University of Colorado, Arizona State, and Stetson University. Additionally, Budnitz authored two books in the insurance field, published in 1969 and 1973.
Buzzy was the commissioner of the United States Club Lacrosse Association and was responsible for the regulation and settlement of disputes of the organization. In addition, Budnitz was a member of the executive committee of Johns Hopkins' Alumni Association, president of MAGIC, Inc. Computer Company and president of Metropolitan Car Rental. Buzzy Budnitz passed away in 2011.