Of Falls Church, VA, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. He is survived by three daughters, Luanne Buchanan (Michael H. Hoffheimer) of Oxford, MS; Kathrine L. Buchanan (Daniel R. Shelton) of Falls Church, VA; and Maryellen Buchanan (James M. Thompson) of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Joseph A. Hoffheimer of Pittsburgh, PA; Jean S. Hoffheimer of Northampton, MA; and Nora E. Thompson of Arlington, VA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah V. Buchanan, and his sons, Christopher and Scott.
Bob was a World War II veteran. He joined the Navy in his teens and circled the globe twice before his 21st birthday. At the end of the war he enrolled at Ohio State University to study business. One September day less than three years later, he graduated from Ohio State in the morning and married Sarah in the afternoon. They remained married for nearly 58 years, during which time they moved west to Arizona and then to California. After more than a decade in the west where Bob worked in aerospace, he joined USAID and went to work as an auditor in the Dominican Republic. Other posts included Colombia, Panama and the Philippines, as well as shorter-term postings to Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Indonesia and other countries. He was accompanied whenever possible by his wife, who shared his love for new landscapes. Bob also was a dedicated photographer who enjoyed working in his own darkroom. When he retired in 1986, he returned to his early love of gardening, leaving behind the roses and other flowers of earlier years to grow food that he would share with family and neighbors.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 17, 11 a.m., at the Chapel of Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, 3440 S. Jefferson St., Falls Church, VA. Memorial donations may be made to Capital Caring, Resource Development Department, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls, Church, VA 22042; Goodwin House Foundation, 4800 Fillmore Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311; or to a . Arrangements by Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203.

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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 14, 2014