BUCK, Robert J., Ph.D.
On September 21, 2012, Dr. Robert John (Bob) Buck of Edmonton passed away in his 86th year after a long struggle with motor neuron disease. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen, a son, George H., a daughter Zoë (James) Sellers, Jim's children Christine and Stephen, and numerous relatives.
Bob was born in Vermilion, Alberta, July 5, 1926, and was raised in Edmonton. He served in the Canadian Armed forces during the Second World War, and his veteran's credits enabled him to attend university. He obtained his BA degree from the University of Alberta in 1949, a Master's degree from the University of Kentucky, and his doctorate in Classical Studies from the University of Cincinnati, under the direction of Dr. Carl Blegen. After teaching and researching at the University of Kentucky for five years, Bob returned to Edmonton, where he was appointed to the Department of Classics at the University of Alberta. He became Head, and later Chair of the department. He was known as a very popular instructor, and he also engaged in archaeological and historical research. Following retirement, Bob continued his research, and enjoyed many pastimes, including the symphony, opera, ballet, plays, and especially ballroom dancing. As his condition deteriorated, his world shrank and he eventually moved to the Grandview Continuing Care Centre, where he continued to connect to the world through his computer, and where he made many close friendships with other residents, especially Cecil Morris and Casey Schipper. The family thanks the volunteers and staff of Capital Care Grandview for the great care, respect and kindness they showed Bob.
A Service will be held on September 27, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. from the Southside Memorial Chapel, 8310 - 104 Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations either to Capital Care Grandview, the Edmonton Humane Society, or an arts organization of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal from September 24 to September 25, 2012