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John S. Bugas - '34


Wyoming native John Bugas graduated from the University of Wyoming with his JD and enjoyed a remarkable career in both law enforcement and the auto industry.

Following his graduation, Bugas immediately joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he was known for some legendary arrests, and was eventually named the special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit office.

In 1944, Bugas changed career paths and went to work at Ford Motor Company, where he became friends with Henry Ford II. Together, Bugas and Ford II worked to remove Harry Bennett, Henry Ford's right-hand man and head of "internal security" who had tried to break up the United Auto Workers union at Ford. Bugas helped Henry Ford II reorganize and create a new, more autonomous company.

Later, Bugas became vice president of Ford before retiring in 1968.


Photo courtesy of Joan K. Murphy.

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John S. Bugas

John S. Bugas, photo courtesy of Joan K. Murphy.
John Bugas started working for the FBI right after graduating from UW with a JD. After his service in the FBI, John went to work for the Ford Motor Company where he eventually became vice president.

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