He was born April 16, 1939 In Donnelly, Idaho to Ralph "Speck" and Mary (Willey) McDougal.
Bud attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Idaho, receiving his undergraduate degree from U of I in 1961. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1965. During his extensive medical career, in addition to his own practice, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1968 during the Vietnam era, was a professor at Indiana University Medical Center, Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at St. Vincent Hospital - Indianapolis, and Emergency Room Doctor at Greene County General Hospital in Linton for the last 18 years. He served as President of the American College of Surgeons in 1993 and was the on-call doctor whenever then President Ronald Reagan visited Indianapolis.
He enjoyed several hobbies that allowed him to be in the sunshine, especially gardening. Yet he was best known and will be remembered for his outstanding bedside manner, his colorful sense of humor and the many lives that he touched.
Bud is survived by his mother, Mary (Don) Willis, Boise, Idaho; one son, Bruce McDougal, Arvada, Colorado; three daughters, Lisa McDougal, Lebanon Junction, Ky., Anne McDougal, Indianapolis, Molly McDougal, Lakewood, Ohio; six grandchildren, Carlee, Ethan, Colin, Kevin, Brittany, Andrew, and Andrea McDougal; and two brothers, Pat (Marion) McDougal, Oregon City, Ore., and Lee (Marie) McDougal of Mesa, Ariz.. He was preceded in death by his father and his former wife, Kathryn (Lorentz) McDougal.
In honor of Bud's love of Mardi Gras, family and friends will gather on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at one of his favorite places, the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 North College Avenue (southeast corner of North College Avenue and 54th Street) Indianapolis. The family will hold a graveside service later in the year in Crown Point Cemetery, Cascade, Idaho.
The family prefers memorials to the American Cancer Society, 6030 West 62nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278.
Arrangements entrusted to Jackley-Landrum Funeral Home, Elwood.