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Lieutenant Colonel,  
U.S. Air Force (Retired)  

Passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 while traveling in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol Bucher and his three children, Craig,
Christine and Kevin Bucher. Dick was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota before earning both a master''s degree and doctorate from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Colonel Bucher was a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving at various locations in the United States and Europe during the Cold War, as well as a professor at the Air Force Academy and ROTC instructor at the University of North Carolina. He culminated his military career in the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention, part of the Executive Office of the President, during the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations.
Continuing his career in substance abuse prevention and employee assistance programs, Dick served as a Senior Vice President at Bensinger, DuPont & Associates in Rockville, Maryland. He also continued to teach political science and public administration as an adjunct professor at several local universities and national distance learning programs.
A viewing and celebration of Dick''s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 30 at the Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, Maryland, with a memorial service at 4 p.m. and a military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery to be held at a later date.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Dick''s memory to the at

Funeral Home
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735
(301) 868-0900
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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 24, 2016
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