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Jack M. Buffington M.D.


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Jack M. Buffington M.D. Obituary
Dr. Jack Mortimer Buffington died on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at his home in Wilmette, Illinois. A member of the "Greatest Generation," Jack was born December 5, 1924 in Buhl, Idaho. Later, his family moved to Glenwood, Iowa, where he resided until adulthood. While in Glenwood, Jack began his school years in a one-room schoolhouse. At the age of 17, in the wake of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Core, becoming a First Lieutenant. A bomber pilot, he commanded the B-17, and later, the B-29. Throughout his life, Jack valued and reminisced about his experiences serving his country. He experienced the thrill of a lifetime in 2015 when he took the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to pay his respects to those who served in WWII. While stationed in Nebraska, Jack had his pre-med training at the University of Nebraska, and later at Iowa State University. Thereafter he attended the University of Nebraska medical school. "Introspection" was an important value to Jack and he felt that "I have to understand myself in order to understand others," a value which drew him to psychiatry and which he sought to inculcate in his children. A life-long learner, he attended the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, graduating from the analytic program in 1976 and becoming affiliated with the Institute as a Research Associate, Clinical Associate, and Continuing Education faculty member. He was always a valued member of the analytic community, and contributed a chapter titled "Emerging Values in a University Community" to the volume Late Adolescence: Psychoanalytic Studies. He authored numerous articles, papers, and panel presentations throughout his career. Jack served as Director of Northwestern University's Student Mental Health Service from 1974-1985. From 1970-1995, he was also involved at Evanston Hospital's Department of Psychiatry in a variety of capacities. Jack leaves behind his significant companion in life for the past ten years, Jean Sampson of Wilmette and Winnetka. Jack's greatest enjoyment and fondest life memories were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His first wife, Valucha de Castro, preceded him in death. Together, they had three children, Paul (Lori); Sandra, her two children, Chalo (Eve) and Analucia; and Gigi (Steve). Jack was also preceded in death by his second wife, Babette (Bobbie). She had three children, whom he adopted and considered his own. They are Marilyn Langworthy (James); Carol Gerner (Philip), their sons, Kevin and Brian; and Margaret (Margie) Guidarelli (Mark) and their children, Jack (Brittney) and their daughter, Emilia; Jenny Ofman (Rick) and their daughter, Charlotte (Charley); Jeff, Joe; and Joanie Hartmann (Kevin). The Memorial Service will be held on October 26, 2018 at 2:00pm at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, 600 9th Street, Wilmette, Illinois 60091 (847) 256-3010. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's memory to the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300, Chicago, Illinois, 60603 or to an organization of your choice.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21, 2018
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