Robert John Bayuzick

Born in Braddock, PA on September 6, 1937

Departed on February 8, 2013 and resided in Nashville, TN

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BAYUZICK, Robert John "Buzz" Age 75, February 8, 2013. Born in Braddock, PA. Ph.D Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University. Bob obtained the Ph.D degree in Materials Science at Vanderbilt in June 1969. He was granted the Master of Science degree in Physical Metallurgy from the University of Pittsburgh in December 1963. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Denver in May 1961. In 1991 to September 1992 he was a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters. In September 1985 to April 15, 1990 he became Director of the NASA Center for Space Commercialization at Vanderbilt and served as the chairman of the International Space Station Committee. He was a Visiting Research Professor from September 1977 through September 1978 at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. He was on the Engineering Faculty at Vanderbilt from 1969 to 2003 at which time he retired. Bob received many honors and awards throughout his tenure at Vanderbilt. One in particular was NASA's Public Service Medal for "exceptional contributions to the mission of NASA" in 1992. He had 83 publications, 44 invited conference presentations, 63 contributed conference presentations and 8 invited lectures. He loved spending time with his family, camping, reading, RVing and traveling. He was a man of unswerving faith. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Holub Bajuzick. He is survived by his forever love, his wife of 52 years, Jeannette Lyle Bayuzick; daughters, Carrie Gary Hargis and Kellie Bob Kidd; grandchildren, Knox, Alex and Andie Hargis and Roxie and Max Kidd, all of Nashville; sister, Maryann Art Schneider from Denver, CO; nieces, Kathleen Foreman and MaryBeth White; nephews, Joseph Sullivan and John Sullivan all from Denver. Active Pallbearers will be Gary Hargis, Bob Kidd, Knox Hargis, Alex Hargis, Max Kidd, Joseph Sullivan and John Sullivan. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Richard Shiavi, Robert Atwood, Bob Casey, Hal Meacham, Bob Armour, Dennis Hackett, Jim O'Dowd, Kent Skinner, Ottie French and the Vanderbilt University Engineering School past and present students and faculty. A special thank you to Alive Hospice and Barton House for their caring staff. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am Tuesday at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Visitation at St. Matthew on Monday, 4-8pm and Tuesday 10-11am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Matthew School Tuition Assistance Program, 535 Sneed Rd West, Franklin, TN 37069 or the Tennessee Right to Life, 4808 Welshwood Dr. Nashville, TN 37221. HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 615-646-9292. www.afamilylegacy.com

14 Comments to Robert John Bayuzick

  1. Terry and Jeanie Dixon
    February 9, 2013 12:00 am

    To Jeanette, Carrie & Gary, Kayla, Knox, Alex and Andie and Kellie & Bob, Roxie and Max please know we are thinking of you during this time of sorrow. We know it has been a long and hard journey but Buzzy will be welcomed into Heaven for his Love and Faith for God. No more pain and suffering. I know you all will miss him so much but be comforted by knowing we will see him again one day. God Bless & Keep You. Terry and Jeanie Dixon

  2. Brian Harris
    February 9, 2013 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. We will always remember Buzzy’s good natured humor and kindness. Peace of Christ to you.

  3. Harvill Eaton
    February 10, 2013 12:00 am

    He meant so, so much to many. For me, he was much, much more than my major professor. For Lois and me, he and Jeanette became part of the family, along with the other graduate students, the faculty and their families. Our time at Vanderbilt was an amazing time of us as we began to grow academically and scientifically, but also growing as a young couple and as people. Bob, thanks, and we love you.

    Harvill and Lois Eaton

  4. Ottie Craycraft-French
    February 10, 2013 12:00 am

    In my 75 years of life I never have had a truer friend than Bob Buzzy Bayuzick. A large piece of my heart goes with Bob on this day. I shall forever remember Bob Bayuzick and all the good he did for me and all the others. Mrs. Jeannette Bayuzick also gets my thoughts and prayers for all the days of my life. She is one outstanding lady and friend also. Bob Bayuzick I loved you in life and will love you the rest of the days of mine, hope we meet up again up there.

  5. Tom, Mary, Pam Inman
    February 10, 2013 12:00 am

    As with most good men, when they pass on it leaves such a void. Not only to family and friends, but to the world.
    Our hearts and prayers go out to your family. We will miss you Buzz.

  6. Mac McReynolds
    February 10, 2013 12:00 am

    ToJeanette and Family, Even though we
    have little contact since my retirement Ruth and I have fond memories of visiting your home. So, I want you to know our prayers are with you. I also know that angels were singing when Buzzy came in the presence or the Lord.

  7. Jennifer Naylor
    February 11, 2013 12:00 am

    May God comfort you during this difficult time and your memories lift your spirits. I am a friend of Kellie’s and had Carrie as my realtor when living in Franklin. I am sorry to hear of your loss. He will live forever in your hearts. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you all. XOXO

  8. Vivek Pawar
    February 11, 2013 12:00 am

    My condolences to the bereaved family. Dr. Bayuzick not only taught me but he was also a strong support when I landed in the US. I could not have made it through without his support and guidance. RIP.

  9. Jim and Kathy Vaughan
    February 11, 2013 12:00 am

    The Bayuzick family gave us many happy memories with the various events you hosted over the years. Buzzy will always have a special place in our hearts as a very special professor who really enjoyed living his life and who was happy to share it with us. Please know that we are thinking of you and will have you in our prayers.

    Jim and Kathy

  10. Jim and Betsy Larsen
    February 12, 2013 12:00 am

    Dr. Bob Bayuzick was the epitome of quality and enjoyment in education – a tremendous ambassador for materials science and engineering. Buzzy’s great love of life and learning was truly infectious. He and Jeanette nurtured community and comradeship with all. For Buzzy, especially, the night was always a pup. With great memories, we send our deepest sympathy and appreciation.

  11. George Holub
    February 13, 2013 12:00 am

    My wife kathy and I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the family.May God bless Bob and the bayusik family.A donation was sent to Saint Matthews school for tuition.We will keep Bob in our prayers.

  12. George Holub
    February 13, 2013 12:00 am

    My wife kathy and I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the family.May God bless Bob and the bayusik family.A donation was sent to Saint Matthews school for tuition.We will keep Bob in our prayers.

  13. George Elliot
    March 18, 2013 12:00 am

    I was sad to hear of Bob’s passing today.
    His smile will be in my memory for a long long time.
    My best to Jeanette and the family . . . he loved you all.
    George

  14. Jim Burton
    September 4, 2013 12:00 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I studied metallurgy with him in the 1970s. He was not only very bright and capable, but he also made metallugy fun. My time with Dr Bayuzick was short but my memories of him will last a lifetime. He was a great person who will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.