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Memorial Tributes: Volume 7
to change the division name from Electric Typewriter Division to Office Products Division. However, Bud's best-known creation was what T. J. Watson, Jr., called "the most totally distinct invention we've ever made as a company"—the single-element printer. "This," Mr. Watson said, "is the most significant change in typing in 120 years."
Bud personally solved many of the problems inherent in the original invention of the single-element print mechanism that not only produced the electric typewriter but became the basis for countless printers and led to IBM's memory typewriters and correcting typewriters. In a 1986 article on office communications, USA Today said Mr. Beattie "changed the office landscape forever."
Bud spent his retirement years with his wife, Lois, alternating between his winter home in Florida and his thoroughbred farm outside Lexington. His daughter, Susan Hill, is in Chevy Chase, Maryland, while his son Peter lives in Lexington, and his son William resides in Dunedin, Florida. He has four grandsons.
He served on the board of directors of the University of Kentucky Research Foundation and on the advisory council of the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering. He was a member of the Thoroughbred Club of America, the Keeneland Club, and the Lexington and Idle Hour Country Clubs.
Bud will be remembered by his friends as a brilliant man who not only never flaunted his brilliance, but was almost embarrassed by it. He was a good friend, with a quick happy laugh, who enjoyed nothing more than a good time with his good friends.