Paul J. Buhan, 71, of Chambersburg, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in the Chambersburg Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Born April 22, 1941 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late Paul, Sr. and Helen Buhan. Paul graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Biology in 1963 from the University of Bridgeport, and earned an M.S. degree (1966) and a Ph.D. (1970) in Zoology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In 1969 he began his 32 year teaching career at Shippensburg University in the Biology Department. During that time he served as the SU representative to The Marine Science Consortium. His extensive fish collection is part of the PASSHE Marine Science Consortium Fish Collection at Wallops Island, VA. It is used for instruction in the marine science courses. He was a member of the following organizations: the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, the Phi Sigma Society, and the Society of Sigma Xi. He retired in January of 2001. Paul was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed annual fishing trips to Lake George, NY, with his son. His love of fish included studying his aquarium of many tropical fish. Paul also enjoyed working on model airplanes and had an extensive collection of them. Paul belonged to the Franklin County Art Alliance. He was a very talented, self-taught artist whose paintings included oils of various local landmarks. He donated his time by offering workshops in Elementary Drawing and Watercolor Painting through the Franklin County Office of the Aging and the Shippensburg University Institute for Public Service, and by offering Art Therapy sessions to the Psychiatric Unit of the Chambersburg Hospital. Paul also belonged to the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE). Paul was preceded in death by an infant son, Walter. He is survived by his wife Bridgetta (Buhrman) Buhan; his son David and wife Carol of Winchester, VA; his brother Donald and wife Janet of South Easton, MA; three stepdaughters: Pamela and husband Brian McLaughlin of Shippensburg; Cynthia and husband Michael Gengras of Yarmouth, ME and Karen Hatmaker of Chambersburg and their families. In honor of Paul's wishes, no service will be held. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Better Days Animal League, 12310 Mongul Hill Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257.
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Published in Public Opinion on Oct. 13, 2012