University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Alumnus Dr. Robert ‘Bud’ Hertzog, ’56, was honored in his hometown recently with the naming of a stadium in his honor. The Lee’s Summit High School athletic complex is now Bud Hertzog Stadium. Hertzog is a member of the school’s class of 1948.
A lifelong Lee’s Summit resident, the stadium name recognizes Hertzog's professional success, his service to his community and school district and his outstanding character.
“I cannot think of anyone in our school district who is more respected than Bud Hertzog,” said Dr. David McGehee, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent. “He has continuously shared his time and talents, never hesitating to help others while providing leadership for our schools, economic development efforts, business community and civic organizations.”
In addition to the stadium naming, Lee’s Summit High School is displaying a sculpture of Hertzog in the southwest end of the complex. Artist Kwan Wu created the bust, which was funded by anonymous donors and donated by the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council.
Hertzog’s career has spanned six decades, and he has been managing partner of Lee’s Summit Animal Hospital since 1956. He has held leadership roles in numerous veterinary organizations, including serving as president of the Kansas City and Missouri Veterinary Medical Associations. His career also included 25 years as the veterinarian for the Kansas City Zoo and 26 years as official veterinarian for the Kansas City American Royal. He has received awards from the University of Missouri Alumni Association and was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.
Hertzog served 16 years on the Jackson County Legislature, including serving as vice chairman of the legislature. He also held leadership positions on the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council and the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and he served on the Jackson County Economic Development Commission and the Little Blue Sewer Board Commission. He is a charter member of the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Within the R-7 School District, Hertzog’s service on the Board of Education spanned four decades, including terms from 1976 through 1982 and from 1996 through 2001. His time on the Board of Education included periods of tremendous growth, as R-7 nearly doubled in size during years on the board. He provided leadership through numerous bond and levy elections, attendance boundary changes, improvements in instruction and programming, school construction and school openings. In honor of his long-term support of the community and schools, the Bud Hertzog Leadership Award was established in 2006 with assistance from the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council. The award provides funding for classroom materials to outstanding teachers each year.
Hertzog and his wife, Betty, have five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. In addition to their other community and civic activities, the Hertzogs have been active in the Lee’s Summit First Baptist Church for many years with Bud Hertzog serving as a church deacon.
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