Robert E. Diedrich

Robert E. Diedrich (7), died 17 October 2017. Bump married Kathryn Kindley on June 2, 1956 in Baltimore Cathedral. Reporting to USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931 ) in Boston Naval Shipyard, he served as Deck Division, Electrical/Repair, and CIC Officer on Forrest before attending DESLANT Engineering and Philadelphia Damage Control schools. 


Son Michael was born in March, 1957, in Newport, Rhode Island . In 1958 Bump was transferred from the Med at the height of the Lebanon crisis to USS Independence (CVA-62) in Brooklyn Naval Shipyard . Daughter Elizabeth was born in November, 1958, in Newport before the family moved to New York. Bump served as Assistant DCA on the commissioning detail, and took over as Electrical Officer after Independence commenced operations out of  Norfolk, Virginia. In 1960 Bump left active duty to study at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. Daughter Kristan was born soon after in October, 1960, followed by Susan in January, 1963, and Julie in October, 1964 . During his five years of study, he was promoted to Lieutenant while in the Naval Reserve in St. Paul (he resigned from the reserves in 1963), and worked in architectural firms as a mechanical engineer (registered in 1963) and as an electrical engineer (registered in 1964). He graduated with a professional degree in architecture in June, 1965. From 1965 to 1972, as Chief Engineer at Progressive Design Associates, an architectural firm in St . Paul, Bump designed systems for a wide variety of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. 


Daughter Katrina (born February 1967) and sons Paul (January 1969) and John (August 1970) completed the family. Bump was made a partner in Progressive Design Associates in 1968. The next generation of the Diedrich family started with the birth of Benjamin in August, 1975; it now includes Jennifer (age 2) and very recent grandson Sean Robert. Daughter Elizabeth is Mrs. Michael Doran and Kristan is married to Thomas Dale in Rochester, Minnesota. Wife Kathryn not only manages a large extended family, but has established herself as an accomplished poet, works with various art programs, and now has a full-time position of member services representative for Group Health, Minnesota's largest HMO. 


Career Highlight : "Established a strong commitment to technology education in the School of Architecture at Minnesota." 


The information above was extracted from Bob Diedrich’s biography in the Class of 1956/USNA 25th Reunion Book, published in 1981.