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November 30, 2013

Adolphus Busch Orthwein (Dolph)

Adolphus Busch Orthwein (Dolph)

HUNTLEIGH VILLAGE, Mo. — Adolphus Busch Orthwein (Dolph), 96, died peacefully at his home in Huntleigh Village, Mo., on Nov. 25, 2013.

He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Sept. 2, 1917, the son of Percy James Orthwein and Clara Busch Orthwein, the eldest grandson of August A. Busch Sr. and a great-grandson of Adolphus Busch, the founder of Anheuser Busch. He grew up in St. Louis, spending much of his childhood at his grandfather’s St. Louis estate known as Grants Farm and at the Busch family summer vacation home near Cooperstown.

Through his close relationship with his grandfather he developed a lifelong love and knowledge of animals. He was especially skilled in many equestrian sports including jumping, fox hunting and coaching. Later he became Master of the Bridlespur Hunt, an accomplished three goal polo player, and was inducted into the Missouri Horseman’s Hall of Fame.

At the age of 13, on New Year’s Eve, 1930, he was kidnapped for ransom and released on the following day.

In 1940, he graduated from Yale University with a B.A. degree in sociology. Upon graduation he spent six months in an officer training program with the U.S. Navy and then worked briefly for Shell Oil Company.

In the spring of 1941, before the United States entered World War II, he was commissioned as an Intelligence Volunteer Special officer in the Navy. Throughout the war he served in Naval Intelligence primarily designing and implementing systems for tracking German submarines in the Caribbean. Ultimately he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

After World War II he returned to St. Louis and remained in the Naval Reserves. He also began employment with Anheuser-Busch for 14 years where he rose to the position of Vice President of Operations and served on the Company’s Board of Directors. During his time with Anheuser-Busch he oversaw the design and construction of several new breweries in which he introduced and developed many state of the art cost saving efficiencies.

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