Paul Andrews Buck passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at home of natural causes. Paul was born to Frank and Kathleen Buck, on October 9, 1922, in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was the youngest of three children.
Paul grew-up in Vancouver, B.C., during the depression years. During his youth, he developed an interest in food and health. He completed his undergraduate studies in plant nutrition at the University of British Columbia in 1944. Paul then entered the Royal Canadian Artillery and served as a Canadian Army officer during World War II. After the war, Paul obtained his master's and post-doctoral degrees from University of California in Berkeley. While completing his Ph.D., Paul met Mildred Mallory, and the two were married in 1951.
Paul's teaching career began in the Food Science Department at the University of Wisconsin in 1954. After five years, he was recruited to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he later became an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science/Nutrition. Paul's major focus of research and teaching was devoted to improving the nutritional quality of foods and maintaining better health through nutrition. Paul was ahead of his time in advocating organic farming and consumption of whole foods as key components of nutritional health.
Paul retired from Cornell University in 1976, and began a private nutritional counseling and consulting business. In 1982, Paul and Mildred, along with their two youngest children, moved to Ashland, Ore., where Paul continued to consult and serve in the community. Paul was an active member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Lions Club, Meals on Wheels, the Tudor Guild, Special Olympics, and Ashland Supportive Housing (ASH).
Paul leaves his wife of 60 years, Mildred; and children, Keith (Manya), of Portland, Ore.; Carolyn Buck, of Renton, Wash.; Kathleen Buck, of Ashland, Ore.; Monica (Christopher) Monier, of San Clemente, Calif.; Jennifer Buck, of Ashland, Ore.; and David (Rhonda) Buck, of Ridgefield, Wash.; sister, Monica McGavin, of Vancouver, British Columbia; along with eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A celebration of life and luncheon will be held at Ashland First Congregational (UCC), at 12:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. The family invites all who knew Paul to attend. In lieu of flowers, Paul would have preferred contributions to your favorite charity.