Dr. Robert D. Buchanan, for whom the College of Maine Buchanan Alumni Residence is named, handed absent Aug. 11, 2021, in Pueblo, Colorado, his dwelling for the past 16 decades. He was 99.
Born on May possibly 8, 1922, Buchanan grew up in Caribou, where he graduated from substantial university in 1939. He went on to attend the University of Maine as a zoology major and was a happy member of the Course of 1944. He graduated from Tufts College School of Dental Medicine in 1946.
Buchanan then began a 10-yr vocation in the U.S. Army, which included practising dentistry at a jail camp in the Philippines and foremost a mobile dental device in close proximity to a combat zone in South Korea. He obtained the rank of important through his decades of lively service.
Buchanan established a personal practice in Whittier, California and was a scientific professor of operative dentistry at the College of Southern California.
Throughout the training course of his extended life, Buchanan gave generously to numerous charities, his hometown church, and his college alma maters. In Could 2002, Buchanan Alumni Dwelling was focused in his name. Just one of the most impressive and recognizable structures on the UMaine campus in Orono, it was built fully with funds elevated by the University of Maine Foundation and the UMaine Alumni Affiliation. The setting up options conference and function areas extensively utilized by alumni and members of the UMaine group, and off-campus corporations.
“More than any single particular person, Dr. Buchanan produced the construction of Buchanan Alumni Home attainable,” mentioned Jeffery N. Mills, president and CEO of the University of Maine Foundation, and Buchanan’s longtime friend. “He was passionate about the undertaking and its price as ‘a location to phone home’ for college students, alumni and the local community.
“One of the biggest joys I have had in daily life was doing the job with him on the creation of Buchanan Alumni Dwelling, as very well as sustaining a near connection with him for more than 25 many years,” Mills mentioned.
“Dr. Buchanan cherished UMaine as considerably as everyone could,” reported John N. Diamond, president and CEO of the UMaine Alumni Affiliation. “The partitions of his property in Pueblo were being loaded with artwork and mementos connected to the college. Until the pandemic arrived, he produced a position to return to campus each and every Might to rejoice his birthday, and to meet with college students at Memorial Union and at Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, wherever he lived in the course of his undergraduate many years.”
“I had the wonderful enjoyment to meet up with Dr. Buchanan soon just after I joined UMaine in 2018,” reported College of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “I discovered him unquestionably pleasant, and deeply dedicated to promoting and supporting UMaine’s mission and potential. The most visible illustrations of that are Buchanan Alumni House and Class of 1944 Corridor, the property of UMaine’s Faculty of Performing Arts.”
Buchanan was preceded in loss of life by his dad and mom, Roy and Gertrude Buchanan his 50 percent-brothers, Gerald and Donald Buchanan his very first wife, Maxine Buchanan and his 2nd spouse, Pearlee Buchanan.
He is survived by his son, Robert Buchanan, his daughter, Lisa Buchanan, and their families. He also is survived by his 2nd wife’s son, Micky Bonham, and daughters, Ga Walker, Susie Galer and Peggy Cronin, and their families.
The UMaine Foundation and UMaine Alumni Affiliation program to honor Buchanan in May possibly as section of the 20th anniversary celebration of Buchanan Alumni Property.
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