JOHN BUBIEN was born in Camden, New Jersey on January 9, 1925 to
John and Anna Bubien. The family which included younger brother
Richard and half-brother Edward Giedryc, lived at 1219 Mount
Ephraim Avenue when the Census was taken in 1930. The family
later moved to 1263 Atlantic
Bubien attended Camden High
School, where he lettered in three sports, football, baseball, and basketball.
He also played baseball for the Polish
American Citizens Club. He was a member of
the 1942 Camden High
School, team coached by Billy Palese that
outscored its opponents 220 to 8, including a 9-6 win over New
Brunswick for bragging rights as to the State Championship, as
no official title was then in place.
high school both he and teammate
George Savitsky went on to the University of Pennsylvania
playing under coach George
went on to become a four-time All-American tackle, the only
college football player of the 20th Century to be named
All-American in all four years of eligibility, and likely
to be the last to ever hold that distinction. Walt Bubien played
football and was the captain of the baseball team at Penn, where
he was a pitcher.
the war on, Walt Bubien
went into the Navy. He
returned to Camden after the war and
after making a good impression during spring training with the
Philadelphia Athletics in 1946 he played minor-league baseball
in the A's farm system for a year, first for the Lexington A's
of the Class D North Carolina State League, and then with the
Class A Savannah Indians of the South Atlantic League.
Bubien completed his education at the University of Pennsylvania as a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Bubien and family moved to Needham, Massachusetts where they
stayed for four years before returning to New Jersey, settling
in East Brunswick. Before retiring, he was employed in Corporate Compensation for Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick.
Mr. Bubien was a founder of the East Brunswick Chess League and played golf on the Seniors Team at Tamarack Golf Course.
Walter J. Bubien, Sr. died Thursday, October 2, 2008 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa (Taraser) Bubien who died in 2000, and his
two brothers, Richard Bubien and Edward Giedryc. He is survived by his three daughters, Theresa L. and her husband, Thomas Nichols, Susan Thomas, and Joan L. Bubien, his son Walter Burien, 10 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.