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Obituary - Sept. 15, 2011

Douglas Buck

Douglas L. Buck died Aug. 25, 2011.

He was 80.

Buck was born May 9, 1931, in Frederic, Wis., to Leslie and Ida Buck. He graduated from Milltown High School in 1948 and began his college career in 1950 as a pre-pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota.

While studying at the university, he met and married Beva Kuiper, a nurse at Minneapolis General Hospital.

He completed his pharmacy studies by enrolling the Army ROTC program.

The couple spent two years in Germany as then Lt. Buck became commander of an ambulance train. After he was discharged, Buck enrolled in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, completing his DDS degree in 1960 and his MSD orthodontic degree in 1962.

Following graduation from dental school, Buck accepted a faculty position in the orthodontics department at the University of Oregon. He participated in the first of three Fullbright appointments in 1968 and 1969, as an honorary professor at Universidad Central del Ecuador.

His next appointment took him to Columbia in 1982, and his third was to Amman Jordan in 1988. In 1972, Buck was named department chair of the orthodontics department at the Oregon Health Science University, a position he held until he retired in 1993.

Buck enjoyed many outdoor activities including gardening, skiing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and biking. He loved to travel.

He was a longtime member of West Linn Lutheran Church and was very involved in community service through the church.

Survivors include his former wife, Beva Buck of Tualatin; daughters and sons-in-law Barbara and Robert Darke of West Linn and Brenda Darke and Roy Hayashi of Tualatin; five grandsons, Erik Lea, Jim Darke, Jackson Darke of West Linn and Tyler Hayashi and Spencer Hayashi of Tualatin.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Dr., in West Linn.

Remembrances may be sent to the Douglas Buck Memorial Fund at West Linn Lutheran Church or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org.