Bobby L. Buchanan
Theoretical physicist, loving husband and father
On Saturday, December 8, Bobby L. Buchanan of Baldwin Road, loving husband and father of five, passed away at the age of 87. He was born June 29, 1931, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to Albert and Alpha Buchanan. He received a Bachelor of Science from Western Kentucky State College, attended Harvard Graduate School, received a Masters in Mathematics and Physics from Northeastern University with PhD qualifications and became a Registered Professional Engineer.
He joined the Air Force in 1953 and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1962. He continued to serve as a civilian for Air Force Cambridge Research as a Theoretical Physicist until 1976, when he became Chief of the RHET division for the Rome Air Force Development Center until 1986. He was a VP at Spire Corp. from 1986 to 1992 in research and development. In 1992, Bobby became Founder and President of Technology Expectations Inc. until his retirement in 2006.
On July 2, 1958, Bobby married the love of his life, Joan L. Huntley. Residents of Carlisle for 61 years, they raised five children on B-7 Farm. He had a passion for antiques, chess, basketball, scrabble and vodka martinis. He found entertainment by challenging his grandchildren with complex math formulas and riddles. He beat the odds in Las Vegas and in friendly sports bets with his brother Gale. A self-declared “Provocateur,” he enjoyed asking questions no one else dared to—this was always done with his never-forgotten southern charm and infectious smile.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Alpha, his brothers Junior, Billy and Gary, his sisters Joyce and Sheila, and his beloved daughter Brenda.
He is survived by his wife Joan, children Buck, Beth, Belinda and Bonny, his sister Shirley, brothers Gale and Ricky, ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Awards & Accomplishments:
• 1970 “Most Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Science in the Air Force” with Walter Shed
• 1986 Oliver G. Tallman Memorial Award for Outstanding Engineering
• 1988 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference Chair
• 1992 IEEE “Radiation Effects” Award
• 2011 The “HEART” Award—Peter H. Haas Award for Outstanding Leadership and Technical Innovation in the Development of U.S. Hardened Military and Space Systems
• Published over 40 scientific papers, three patents, and over 100 international scientific presentations
A Family Service was held Wednesday, December 12, at Bartlett Funeral Home, Plymouth. ∆
Jonathan M. Perez de Alderete weds Erin E. Keaney
Frank and Mary Perez de Alderete of Concord Street are pleased to announce the May 2018 wedding of their son Dr. Jonathan M. Perez de Alderete and Dr. Erin E. Keaney, daughter of Stephen and Diana Keaney of Groton. Jonathan is a 2008 graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School and Erin is a 2009 graduate of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. Jon and Erin both hold undergraduate and advanced degrees in engineering from UMass Lowell. They reside in Lowell, run their own prosthetic company, Nonspec, and are adjunct faculty at UMass Lowell.
Adeline Pippa Thomas King
Christine and David Thomas of Page Brook Road are pleased to announce the birth of their granddaughter Adeline Pippa Thomas King. Adeline was born in San Francisco on November 13 to proud parents Lizzy and Andrew.
Fenn School Honor Roll
The Fenn School of Concord announces its Honor Roll for the first term. Carlisle students on the Honor Roll are:
• Nicholas M. Brady—Academic High Honors and Sua Sponte Honors
• Matthew T. DeKock—Academic Honors
• Christopher P. Lando—Academic Honors
• Michael P. Lando—Academic High Honors
• Edward W. Livens—Academic Honors
• Thomas S. Livens—Academic High Honors and Sua Sponte High Honors
• Seiji A. Ma—Academic Honors
• David R. Peirce—Academic High Honors and Sua Sponte Honors
• Robert A. Skrivanek—Academic High Honors
• John D. Wallace—Academic Honors
• Niko M. Weaver—Academic Honors
Fenn’s motto, Sua Sponte, means “on one’s own responsibility.” Sua Sponte Honors and High Honors reflect the extent to which a student accepts responsibility for his own learning, based on an assessment of three specific areas: preparation, engagement and conduct. ∆
Smith wins bronze in luge
Congratulations to Ian Smith of Great Brook Path, who raced to a bronze medal in the season-opening USA Luge Youth A men’s luge race in Park City, Utah. He rallied from 4th place after one heat to land on the podium. ∆
• Devlin Ih, a sophomore in engineering and robotics at Minuteman High School, was accepted into the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association Northeastern Senior District Band. He plays the flute. He will rehearse with other students from the region at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield, with a performance on January 12. He also received an All-State Recommendation, which qualifies him to audition for the All-State Festival in January. ∆