Jack Buchanan died at home in Virginia Beach, Virginia on November 12, 2007 after a long illness. He had lived in the Hampton Roads area for more than 30 years, and was a practicing psychiatrist there. He is survived by his widow, Karen Buchanan; a daughter, Beth Buchanan; two sisters, Marygale Buchanan and Kathleen Thompson Lee; and a brother, Charles Allen Buchanan.
Born in California, Jack was a “Navy brat” and came to Amherst from the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi, where he served as Corresponding Secretary. Jack earned his “1960” on the freshman swimming team, served on the Chest Drive (1957-58), and was President of the Newman Club at Amherst College.
Following Amherst, Jack attended medical school at George Washington University, followed by a residency in Psychiatry at the Jersey City Medical Center. He is remembered by classmates, friends, and family as a kind and generous man with a quick smile and a ready sense of humor.