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Harold  "Bud" William Askins, Jr.

Harold "Bud" William Askins, Jr.
  • September 3, 1939 - September 25, 2018
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to:
  • Harold W. Askins, Jr., '61, Electrical Engineering Scholarship
    The Citadel Foundation
    171 Moultrie Street
    Charleston, SC 29409-6230
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • First Baptist School
    48 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“I am so sorry to hear of the death of Bud. He was my colleague and friend at The Citadel. He in Electrical Engineering and me in Physics. When we...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Joel Berlinghieri - Charleston, SC

“Gloria, Hank, Mary - I am so sorry to hear this. Bud was one of the best and I so dearly enjoyed the time I was able to spend with him. He led a...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Bill King - Manchester, NH

“Dear Gloria and Family,Liese and I were in Washington DC when John Moore notified me of Bud's death. He was a good friend and colleague. When I went...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Gary Nichols - Charleston, SC

“Colonel Askins was my professor, friend, and advisor, and I will never forget his almost daily encouragement (never give up ), and the EMC tests. A...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: John Peterson - Charleston, SC

“COL Askins was my academic adviser for my final year at the Citadel. Many of the professional traits that I carry with me today are directly from him...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Keller - Finksburg, MD

“Will miss a lifetime friend, spent a lot of time together growing up, building model airplanes and flying them.Good bye. Keith Dellinger ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Keith Dellinger - Inman, SC

“I studied electrical engineering with the Col., and was grateful to have studied under him in EM theory, power systems engineering, and what other...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Ron Horowitz - Vallejo, CA

“Bud graduated high school at Chesnee a year before me but after he graduated The Citadel we shared an apartment while we were both graduate students...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Danny Ezell - Seneca, SC

“I received the news this morning the passing of Bud Askins. I was a veteran student of his for four semesters. If not for his help, I don't think I...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Curtis Nelson - Goose Creek, SC

“I was saddened to hear about the passing of "Bud". I was a veteran student of his for 3 semisters. If not for his help, I don't think I would have...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Thomas Williamson - Johns Island, SC

“Offering my condolences. As you remember your love one, may Almighty God and your treasured memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Early this morning I read of the death of Bud Askins, the epitome of a Citadel Man. I met Captain Askins and his young wife Gloria as a freightend...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: John McAllister - Columbia, SC

“So sorry to learn of Bud's death. Love and prayers for the family. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Elizabeth Gibson - Chesnee, SC

“My deepest condolences goes to the family and friends. May you have comfort knowing that God is there to comfort you now and in the the future...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“I first met this man in 1981, when he was assigned my Faculty Advisor at The Citadel in the EE Program. Despite his repeated admonitions that I try...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Gerald Hood, Jr. - SC

“Dear Gloria, Mary, and Harold, Hannah, Kurt, Paige and Kurtis,My heart is heavy as I think of all of you grieving the loss of your beloved Bud. What...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Arnold Dyar - Anderson, SC

“As a junior at Chesnee High School Bud encouraged me to look at The Citadel. I visited for a weekend with Bud and Sam who were seniors soI thought...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Jon Godfrey - Spartanburg, SC

“Mrs. Askins, we love you dearly and we are praying for you. You are so very special and the Lord will carry you. God Bless, and much love. The...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Theresa Taylor - North Charleston, SC

“Our sincere condolences from Sandhill Telephone Cooperative ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Jeanne Oliver - Jefferson, SC

“Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with Bud. Psalms 94:19. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: A friend


Harold "Bud" William Askins, Jr., 79, of Charleston, SC passed away on September 25, 2018. He was born in Chesnee, SC on September 3, 1939 to Mr. Harold William and Pansy Aster McCauley Askins.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mrs. Gloria Anderson Askins, his sister and brother-in-law Hannah and Curtis Lancaster, his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Henry Diedrich Schweers III, and son and daughter-in-law, Harold William Askins III and Kathleen, and four grandchildren, Henry Diedrich Schweers IV, Gloria Morgan Schweers, Mary Isabelle Askins, and Harold William Askins IV.

Bud was a 1957 graduate of Chesnee High School and subsequently enrolled in the Electrical Engineering program at The Citadel with the Class of 1961. He was in Charlie Company and marched with the Corps of Cadets for the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. It was his Electrical Engineering degree which would win him favor from Mr. Richard Anderson, an electrician, whose daughter Bud saw for the first time when he was in the sixth grade while visiting his grandmother in Lake City, SC and then, later, was set up on a blind date with her during his knob year at The Citadel. Following graduation, Bud attended Clemson University and completed a Master of Electrical Engineering in 1963. It is during this time he applied his thinking skills and made the very wise decision to propose to Gloria whom he married in 1964. Always the romantic, their honeymoon was to the beautiful city of West Lafayette, IN where Bud was beginning his work towards a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. His studies were interrupted due to the illness of his father, and which required his return to Chesnee to help care for his dad and assist in running the family business. Following the passing of his father and with the urging of his mother, Bud returned to Purdue and completed his Doctorate in 1972. His specialty was EMC theory. In conjunction with his studies, Bud and Gloria welcomed Mary and Harold into their family during their time as Boilermakers in Indiana. After graduation from Purdue, Bud received and accepted an offer from Westinghouse, and the family moved to Pittsburgh, PA. The Askins family had spent two years in Pittsburgh when Bud received an offer to teach Electrical Engineering at The Citadel, and with the opportunity to return to the Lowcountry, Bud enthusiastically and successfully embarked on a career as a professor in 1974. Initially the family lived on the Citadel campus, but ultimately moved to James Island where they remained for over 40 years.

As a career educator, Bud was passionate about learning and education. He routinely hosted Cadets in his home and participated in all the Department of Electrical Engineering activities. He was an active member of Tau Beta Pi, and he initiated the establishment of this engineering honor society at The Citadel. In conjunction with his work as an instructor, Bud also served with the Department of the Navy as a civilian where he assisted in designing and implementing communication systems for Navy ships. Ultimately, Bud was selected in 1991 to serve as the Department Head for the Electrical Engineering Department at The Citadel until his retirement in 2006. He retired from his civilian service position with the Navy after 27 years, but continued to teach classes as a Professor Emeritus at the Citadel until 2015.

During retirement, Bud could often be found spending time with Gloria at their beach condo at Litchfield by the Sea or relaxing on their back porch on James Island with their many close friends. He loved his Citadel Bulldogs, and enjoyed watching football, sipping a Macallan scotch, and talking about his grandkids. Bud was a strong Christian, loving husband, tremendous father and grandfather, and a dedicated educator who loved his students and the pursuit of knowledge. He will be sorely missed, but would likely encourage all of us to "Think."

He fought a short, courageous battle with cancer, with strength, dignity, and faith, surrounded by his wife Gloria, children, and grandchildren. Bud was a member of the First Baptist Church of Charleston, SC. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 28th at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 29th in First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 48 Meeting Street, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Harold W. Askins, Jr., '61, Electrical Engineering Scholarship, The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409 or to First Baptist School, 48 Meeting Street, Charleston SC 29401.