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RUFFIN Dr. William C. Buck Ruffin, Jr. MD died peacefully at Shands Teaching Hospital on June 30th surrounded by his family. Buck was an accomplished physician, businessman, community supporter, fisherman, hunter, bird dog raiser and most importantly a family man. Buck was born on December 11, 1926 in Knoxville, TN and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he met his beloved wife, Ann. Buck served in the South Pacific during World War II in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He was honorably discharged as a second lieutenant. Buck attended the Virginia Military Institute and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1949. Buck graduated from the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine in 1955. He interned at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC and did his residency in Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. In 1959 Buck moved to Gainesville, FL to open the psychiatric wing at Shands Teaching Hospital. Over the intervening years he served as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor and Professor Emeritus. He served as Department Chairman of Psychiatry and Ophthalmology, Vice President for Health Affairs before becoming Chief of Staff in 1979. Buck served as Chief of Staff for 13 years before retiring in 1992. He served as Honorary Admiral and head of the recovery team for the Second Space Shuttle Launch in December 1981. After retirement Buck worked in the General Mental Health and Post Traumatic Stress Clinic at the Malcolm Randall V.A. Medical Center. In addition to his positions Buck was widely published in scientific journals regarding psychiatry and general medicine. He was also a member and officer of the Alachua County Medical Society (Chairman), Northeast Florida Psychiatric Society (President) and Southern Psychiatric Society (President). Buck's success in medicine was mirrored in his success in business. He served on the Board of Directors and numerous Committees of The Charter Company, Jacksonville, FL. He was Chairman of the Board of Charter Bancshares, Flagship National Bank of Alachua, Century First National Bank in St. Petersburg, FL and the Jacksonville National Bank. He also served on the Boards of Century Banks, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Century Banks of Pensacola, and Century National Bank of Broward and Century Bank of Gulf Breeze. Buck was active in the Gainesville community. He served on the Vestry at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the University of Florida Athletic Board under Coach Graves, the Quarterback Club and the Skipper's Club. If it swam or flew, Buck chased it. Buck and his family spent summers in Boca Grande, FL tarpon and snapper fishing and frequently went to the Bahamas and Costa Rica for marlin and sailfish. Buck was a founding member of the East Side Garden Club which held regular meetings at Newnans Lake. Buck was an avid bird hunter and enjoyed fishing regularly with Johnny Brasington and Phil Wiedler. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Ann Manuel Ruffin; a brother, Dalton Dillard Ruffin of Winston- Salem, NC; four children, Ann Cricket Dillard Sampson (John) of Rumson, NJ, William C. Ruffin III of Jacksonville, FL, Thomas Brown Ruffin (Anne) of Ponte Vedra, FL, G. Wilder Ruffin (Laura) of Gainesville, FL; and companions, Gertrude Barnes and Beulah Carroll. In addition he is survived by 9 grandchildren, John Cain Sampson, Wilder Sampson, William Ruffin IV, Robert Ruffin, Caroline Ruffin, Thomas Ruffin, Jr., Bennett Ruffin, Wilder Ruffin, Jr. and Desmond Ruffin. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11 am at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 N.E. 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, with the Rev. Louanne Loch as celebrant. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donation be sent to Holy Trinity or the . FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WILLIAMS-THOMAS DOWNTOWN (352) 376-7556 Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 2, 2013
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