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Mr. Harold  Burhans "Bud" Wright III

Mr. Harold Burhans "Bud" Wright III
  • February 21, 1942 - October 18, 2021
  • Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  • Should you wish, please consider a memorial in Bud's name to:
  • CurePSP
    1216 Broadway
    2cd floor
    New York, NY 10001

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“Sending our thoughts and prayers out to the Wright family ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Pat and Allyson Stuart - Friend

“Bud served as Board Chair for Buckhead Christian Ministry in Atlanta. He was an upbeat, generous servant leader. I know his family will miss him. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Wendy Moore - Work

3 of 6 | Posted by: Mary & Don Schneider

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“We were so sorry to hear of Bud's passing. Our prayers are with you all. We have so many good memories with Bud, Betsy and Lori & Todd. Skiing in...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Mary & Don Schneider

“Betsy and family, we are sending our love to all. We cherish the many memories of our long and endearing friendship with you. We shall miss Bud. May...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Susan & Gordon Gaddy - Friend

Harold Burhans ("Bud") Wright, III, of Kiawah Island, SC, and Beaver Creek, CO, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2021, due to complications from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He was 79.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at Johns Island Presbyterian Church in Johns Island, SC, with a reception to follow at Cassique Golf Club. Livestream information will be available at

The son of Rev. Harold Burhans Wright, Jr., and Blanche Evans Wright, he was born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 21, 1942. He graduated from Somerville High School in New Jersey and earned a B.A. from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, and an M.A. from the University of Maryland. He also completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan while working at Kelsey Hayes in Romulus, Michigan. Bud worked at Macy's, Inc. for over 25 years, including as President of Macy's Midwest and Executive Vice President of Macy's South. Upon retirement he began a new career in executive search with Heidrick & Struggles and later served on the Board of Directors for Brown Shoe Company. Bud served as an elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA, and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Beaver Creek. He was also actively involved with the Salvation Army and LaAmistad program.

Bud was an active person with many interests, but downhill skiing was his favorite. He introduced Betsy to skiing soon after they met and did the same with his children at an early age. He took his family on numerous ski trips in Vermont where they were the first people on the chairlift in the morning and the last to come down in the afternoon. Later he discovered the Rocky Mountains. For many years in Beaver Creek Bud and Betsy enjoyed fresh powder in the winter and crisp air in the summer. Bud also enjoyed golf, hiking, outdoor concerts, reading, and spending time on the patio with his beloved family and friends. Bud was diagnosed with PSP in 2017. Though the disease constrained his ability to do the things he loved, his deep faith and positive attitude never wavered. He enjoyed what he could, with family and friends by his side. Bud will be remembered for his infectious smile, beautiful blue eyes, upbeat personality, and joy for living.

Bud is survived by his wife and best friend of 55 years, Elizabeth ("Betsy") Barnhardt Wright; his children Lori Wright (Henry Hultquist) of Arlington, VA, and Todd Wright (Kerin) of Sullivan's Island, SC, and grandchildren Henry and Lucy Hultquist and Ethan and James Wright.

Should you wish, in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Bud's name to CurePSP at or Vail Veterans Program at
A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at

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