The Perkins community lost one of its’ own last week. Winfield G. “Bud” Knopf, 99, of Winchester passed away on October 20 in Concord. Bud joined the Perkins Board of Trustees in 1983 and was the Board President from 1995-1997. Long time Perkins staff person Janet Lincoln has fond memories of Bud noting that he rarely missed a meeting, and was the consummate gentlemen.
“Although I never had the privilege of meeting Bud, his legacy of warmth and compassion for the people we serve was clear,” Perkins CEO Michael W. Ames said. “When people speak of Bud they do so with a smile and a knowledge that he always cared about his role with Perkins. His engagement went beyond attendance at board meetings as he got to know our residents and staff; Bud was an important part of the organization.”
Bud was Born in Philadelphia on October 17, 1917, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 at the start of W.W. II. Following wartime sea duty, Mr. Knopf’s tours of duty in the Navy included a stint at the Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA and became a lifelong supporter of the School. After retirement from the Navy in 1961, he became an Assistant and later an Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. In later life, he continued his association with the School while serving as Vice President of the New England Board of Higher Education.
Bud was also a member of several committees at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester and involved with Boy Scout Troop 507. Mr. Knopf was an avid traveler. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Craige Knopf of Concord, sons, Craige of Winchester, Scott of Winter Park, FL, and daughter, Phoebe of Brookline. A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will be held on Saturday, November 5, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Newbury Court in Concord, Donations may be made to the National Parks Foundation, 1110 Vermont Ave., Washington, D.C. or to any organization that helps veterans.