|Birth Day:||November 26, 1938|
Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of Energy under President George W. Bush from 2005 until 2009.
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He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and the Sphinx Head Society at Cornell University, where he studied Chemical Engineering.
Bodman was born on November 26, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Lina (Lindsay) and Samuel Wright Bodman. Bodman spent his early years in the Chicago suburbs before he graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and the Sphinx Head Society.
In 1965, he completed his Doctor of Science in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
From there, Bodman went to Fidelity Venture Associates, a division of the Fidelity Investments. In 1983 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investments and a Director of the Fidelity Group of Mutual Funds. In 1987, he joined Cabot Corporation, a Boston-based Fortune 300 company with global business activities in specialty chemicals and materials, where he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director.
Bodman married M. Diane (Petrella) Barber in 1997. He had three children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren.
Bodman served as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the George W. Bush Administration beginning in February 2004. He also served the Bush Administration as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce beginning in 2001.
On December 10, 2004, Bodman was nominated to replace Spencer Abraham as the United States Secretary of Energy and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on January 31, 2005, taking office the next day. He led the Department of Energy with a budget in excess of $23 billion and over 100,000 federal and contractor employees.
In February 2007, Bodman testified before the United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces about security problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He stated that "The heart of the problem is a cultural issue at Los Alamos". He asserted that the impediment to improved security was "Arrogance. Arrogance of the chemists and physicists and engineers who work at Los Alamos and think they’re above it all".
Bodman died in El Paso on September 7, 2018 at the age of 79. The cause of death was reported to be a complications from primary progressive aphasia. His death was announced by former President George W. Bush on the same day.
Currently, Samuel Bodman is 83 years, 10 months and 2 days old. Samuel Bodman will celebrate 84th birthday on a Saturday 26th of November 2022.
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