Donald Duane BUCHANAN

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BUCHANAN, Donald Duane Former banking executive and a founding member of Moffitt Cancer Center, Donald Duane Buchanan, 78, passed away at Tampa General Hospital on May 23, 2014. Mr. Buchanan was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Pueblo, CO. He graduated from Pueblo Central High School; the University of Denver, where he was Grand High Alpha of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and student body president; The University of Colorado Graduate School Of Banking; and Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. His banking career began in 1956 at the United Bank of Denver, where he remained for 19 years and held the distinctions of being the youngest person to be named an officer, as well as vice-president of the bank. In Denver, he was an active member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. In 1975, North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, recruited Mr. Buchanan as their executive vice president of the bank and its holding company. In addition, Mr. Buchanan directed the NCNB's Trust Company of Florida. In 1981, Mr. Buchanan was named managing director of NCNB Corp., a position he held for one year until he was named the first president of NCNB National Bank of Florida, located in Tampa. In his new position, he was responsible for the acquisition of more than 39 separate banks and multiple holding companies to create a large statewide and later an interstate banking system. This represented the largest acquisition of banks in the history of banking and became the foundation for banking deregulation and interstate banking as we know it today. In 1986, Mr. Buchanan retired from NCNB to support a broad range of banking, healthcare and civic causes. He consulted on acquisitions and mergers, served as an expert witness, and was an advisor to numerous banks and organizations seeking financial consulting. Two years following retirement, the banking industry called on him again, this time as president of Republic Bank of Clearwater, a position he held from 1988-1991. Mr. Buchanan was one of three founding directors of Moffitt Cancer Center in 1985, bringing a national cancer institute - accredited facility to the citizens of Florida. He served for more than 25 years as its volunteer chairman of the finance committee. He has also served on Moffitt Cancer Center's executive and benefits and compensation committees. His civic responsibilities are a testament to the vision he long had for Tampa. He served as a trustee for the University of Tampa, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Pinellas County Education Foundation, and as a member of the board of directors for the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Museum, Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and Ybor City Development Council. In addition, he served on the national board of the Camp Fire Girls and was chairman of the board of investment advisers for the national organization of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. A member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church for more than 30 years, Mr. Buchanan has served as a trustee and volunteer member of the endowment and finance committees. He and his wife, Eleanor were instrumental in the building of the memorial garden on the church's campus. Mr. Buchanan also was a member of the Masons Arapahoe Lodge in Denver, CO, Florida Council of 100, Ye Mystic Crew of Gasparilla, St. Andrews Society, Palma Ceia Country Club and Tampa Yacht Club. Mr. Buchanan is predeceased by his father, Herb Buchanan; mother, Reba Buchanan; his brother, David Buchanan; and daughter, Karen Lynn Buchanan. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor L. Buchanan; his sister, Geraldine Buchanan, St. Paul, MN; his brother, Jack Buchanan (Beverly), Firestone, CO; his son, Scott A. Buchanan (Renee), Gainesville; grandchildren, Caroline and Reid Buchanan of Gainesville; and numerous nieces and nephews. His ashes will be interned in the Memorial Garden at Hyde Park United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Endowments at Hyde Park UMC or Moffitt Cancer Center. Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 29, at 11 am at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa. Visit the online guestbook at
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 28, 2014
Donald Duane Buchanan
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