Jay Selleck Buckley Jr.

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Groton - Dr. Jay Selleck Buckley Jr. died peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

He was the son of Marian and Jay S. Buckley Sr. He was born in Ansonia in 1924, graduated from the Choate School (1941), Williams College (1945) and earned his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1949. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Williams.

He and his wife Marjorie married in Minneapolis in 1948 and settled in Groton. He was hired as one of the first four research chemists at Pfizer. He retired after 40 years in 1989 as director of technical information services. He started the Pfizer sailing club, and loved to sail.

He was active in the founding of the United Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew in 1963, as a school board member in Groton for eight years with four years as chairman, as treasurer of the board of the Groton Utilities, on the board of Hospice SE Connecticut, and in the Shennecosset Yacht Club. He enjoyed pheasant hunting with his English Setter dogs, skeet shooting, trout fishing, and skiing. He played bridge with several groups, loved his garden as well as world wide travelling with Marge.

He was the holder of several U.S. patents, including one for the production of Visine Eye Drops. He pioneered early methods of searching research databases online, 20 years before the Internet. He was an avid investor, and enjoyed his daily Wall Street Journal. He believed in the power of education, and funded The Buckley Family scholarship at Fitch Senior High School.

He is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 63 years; his children, Jay III of New Hampton, N.H., Doug and his wife, Shelley, of Woodside, Calif., Mardi and her husband, Bill Steppacher, of Waverly, Pa., and Daniel and his wife, Suzy, of Ludlow, Vt.; and nine grandchildren, Jay IV, Dana, Nicholas, Jacob, Katy and Joshua Buckley and William, Marissa, and Heidi Steppacher.

A memorial service celebrating his life is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the United Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew, Fort Hill Road, Groton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the United Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew or Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360 are requested.

Please visit www.byles.com for his family's online registry.
Published in The Day on Apr. 13, 2012
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