ORONO - Charles E. Buck, Ph.D., Professor Emeriti, University of Maine, Orono, molecular and biomedical sciences, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at his home in Stillwater. The son of Inez and Robert, Dr. Buck was born in Temvik, N.D., and raised on a farm in Solen, N.D.
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He received his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. He subsequently served in the Navy during World War II as a lieutenant and was a weatherman in Kodiak, Alaska. After the war, he attended The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, where he was awarded a doctorate. While attending school in Ohio, Charles met, and in 1948, married Elizabeth McClure, who survives him. After completing his studies in 1951 at Ohio State, Dr. and Mrs. Buck moved to Maine, where he taught at the University of Maine for 30 years. There he inspired many students with his enthusiasm and skill for bacteriology, virology and cell culture. An avid rock hound he enjoyed traveling to the western states, and to Western Maine, gathering rocks to polish and make jewelry with his wife and family. He was also for a time a Maine swim official, in support of his sons' involvement in aquatics. Other hobbies included furniture crafting, gardening, and managing the family tree farm in Ohio. He will be laid to rest in the Hillsboro cemetery near the tree farm, which he and Elizabeth love so much.
Other surviving family members include his brothers, Ardith and Walter; sons, Charles, Robert and Mark; and grandson, David.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main St. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono, with the Rev. Lorna Grenfell, minister, celebrant. Should you wish to honor Dr. Buck in a special way feel free to send your gift to the Robert Mullen Fund, care of Bangor Vet Center, 368 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401. This fund helps Maine Veterans in need. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 19, 2012