Rodney E. Buckmaster
Was born in Redlands, CA, October 29, 1919 and spent his entire boyhood there, graduating from Redlands High School in the class of 1937. In 1941, upon graduation from flight training school with the Army Air Corps he received his wings and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. His first military assignment was to the Troop Carrier Command, flying C-46 and C-47 aircraft. After several assignments with tactical squadrons, dropping paratroopers and towing gliders, Captain Buckmaster became the Base Operations Officer at Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base in North Carolina where he remained until after the war's end.
Following the war, Rodney began a career in banking. In 1947, he was assigned to Tokyo, Japan, in the capacity of Assistant Manager to establish the Bank of America's first foreign branch where he met his wife, Joan Roberta Patin of Shaker Heights, Ohio. They were married in 1952 in San Francisco.
In 1958, Rodney was named Vice President and head of the Latin-American Division at the Bank of America in New York City where he developed and instituted many new banking practices which were adopted by other major international banks. Later, as a Senior Vice President in the First National Bank of Chicago, he founded and organized the First Chicago International Bank in New York City, and served as its President. In his next position as a Senior Vice President with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York City he was responsible for all international banking activities and served as president of numerous U.S. and foreign bank subsidiaries.
During his career, he completed graduate work at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Banking, and later graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Joan Buckmaster; one daughter, Melissa Buckmaster, her husband, Mitchell Liakos, two grandsons, Alexander and Christopher, a son by a previous marriage, Michael Buckmaster, a sister Betty, a brother Milton and numerous nephews.