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This paper presents an active disturbance rejection (ADR) approach for the control of a buck-boost-converter feeding a dc motor. The presence of arbitrary, time-varying, load torque inputs on the dc motor and the lack of direct measurability of the motor's angular velocity variable prompts a generalized proportional integral (GPI) observer-based ADR controller which is synthesized on the basis of passivity considerations. The GPI observer simultaneously estimates the angular velocity and the exogenous disturbance torque input in an on-line cancellation scheme, known as the ADR control. The proposed control scheme is thus a sensorless one with robustness features added to the traditional energy shaping plus damping injection methodology. The discrete switching control realization of the designed continuous feedback control law is accomplished by means of a traditional PWM-modulation scheme. Additionally, an input to state stability property of the closed-loop system is established. Experimental and simulation results are provided.