04/17/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Don Buchan

Donald Lynwood Buchan
(21 Nov 1936 -  16 Apr 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1955

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   The sad news continues to arrive.

  From Bob Buchan ('61) of VA - 04/16/07 - "...death of my brother    Don Buchan ('55)":

Dear Carol,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you of the unexpected death of my brother Don Buchan ('55) at his home in Garrisonville, VA. His obituary and funeral arrangements will be in the Daily Press.

Thank you for providing the opportunity to share this information with his and my friends from NNHS.

-Bob Buchan ('61)

   Ohhh, Bobby!  I'm so very sorry to hear this!  Please accept my deepest condolences. What a shock that must be to you and your family! You'll certainly be in our thoughts and prayers.

From the Daily Press - 04/18/07:

                    Donald Lynwood Buchan

  STAFFORD - Donald Lynwood Buchan, age 70, died unexpectedly at his home on April 14, 2007. Born Nov. 21, 1936, in San Diego, Calif., Don grew up in Newport News and lived most of his life in Northern Virginia. He attended Newport News High School and the University of Virginia. He began his professional career at the NASA Langley Research Center and retired as a Division Chief from the Research, Development, and Engineering Command at Fort Belvoir. Don was concerned about his community and volunteered his services to several civic organizations. As an active member in the Loyal Order of the Moose for 12 years, Don held several leadership offices in the Franconia and Stafford Lodges. He received numerous awards at the local and state level including Moose of the Year for the state of Virginia 2001 and Moose Legionnaire of the Year 2005. He also attained the Fellowship Degree of Honor. He was an avid Redskins and UVA football fan and enjoyed fishing, photography, and collecting swizzle sticks. His family was the love of his life and he found special joy in his four young grandchildren. No one could have received more help, love, or concern as a friend or a relative of Don. He will be greatly missed. Don was preceded in death by his parents Marion and Evelyn Buchan. He is survived by his daughter, Laura Lyn, and son-in-law, Rob Coit, of Alexandria and their children Ethan and Emily; his son, Jonathan, and daughter-in-law, April Buchan, of Woodinville, WA and their children Chloe and Isabella; and his brother, Robert and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Buchan, of Yorktown. In celebration of his life, a service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2007, at Alexandria Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Tom Holliday officiating. Family will receive guests at a reception following the service. Gifts in memory of Don may be made to Moose Charities (www.moosecharities.org) or to the American Heart Association (https://donate.americanheart.org/).

Published in the Daily Press on 4/18/2007.
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Donald Lynwood Buchan






Bob Buchan (Yorktown, VA) - April 18, 2007
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Laura Lyn Coit (Alexandria, VA) - April 18, 2007
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I used to work with Don at Fort Belvoir. He was a kind man. I pray his family will find comfort in the Lord.
Kay Jett (Stafford, VA) - April 18, 2007
Bill Griffin (Hiwassee, VA)  - April 18, 2007
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I worked for Don from 1982-1990 and he is among the very best professional civil servants I have ever encountered at any level of our great Army. It is truly an honor for me to have had the pleasure of his friendship and mentorship. He was an inspiration to me and to others. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.
Patrick Cathcart (Montclair, VA) - April 18, 2007
Marilyn (Marcy) Buchan (Black Mountain, NC) - April 18, 2007
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Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to you in this time of need
John & Shirley Hall (Fredericksburg) - April 18, 2007
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Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the family. Donald will be greatly missed. May God provide comfort and Grace to all his loved ones.
James and Kiddy Starboard (Newport News, VA) - April 18, 2007  
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To the family and friends: Please accept my sincere condolences. The Bible is quite comforting is these times. We read at Phillipians 4:13 "For all things I have the strength by virtue of him who imparts power to me."
CN.A of Intrepid U.S.A. (Hampton Roads, VA) - April 18, 2007  
I worked for Don for a period of time before I moved to DISA. It was a pleasure to work with Don, he provided a pathway for many to obtain advancement. He will be missed.
Lewis Cheek (Stafford, VA) - April 18, 2007  
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Our deepest sympathies go out to Don's family. We will always remember the good times we had together as a family. The reunions, the weddings and other special occasions. He was a quite man with never a harsh word.
Dan and Betty Jo Badger (Charlotte, NC) - April 18, 2007  
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My prayers are with your family

If you need any help with your father's house, please let me know.
James Pogue (Woodbridge, VA) - April 18, 2007  
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Prayers and sympathies go out to Don's family. May he rest in peace.
Jim & Margaret Carlson (Green Valley, AZ) - April 18, 2007  
I worked with Don at Fort Belvoir for many years. He will be missed.
Ed Rudy (Elkins, WV) - April 18, 2007  
God bless you, Don. Your kindness and the positive impact that you have had on the lives of so many will always be remembered and cherished. Terry and Erika
Dr. Terrence (Terry) Brady (SC) - April 18, 2007  
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I am so sorry to hear Don has passed he was my supervisor back in 1991-1995 at Fort Belvoir, Va. Unfortunately I was on TDY when his viewing was held and was unable to attend. My prayers are with the family.
Linda Matthews (Manassas, VA) - April 20, 2007  
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Bob, I am so very sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Please know that you have my heartfelt sympathy and prayers.
Elaine Wilkinson-Bracken (Newport News, VA) - April 21, 2007  
How wonderful to read comments left here about my brother-in-law, Don. All of us will miss him so much. He was just a wonderful relative, wonderful person; so humorous; he has left a wonderful legacy of children and grandchildren.
Jo Huey (Oakley, CA) - April 24, 2007  

   This information is also posted here:


     http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam55.html - newly created page, still under construction

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/17/07 - "RE:    Don Buchan":

Hi, Carol:

The news of the passing of Don Buchan ('55) of VA comes on a day when we are still so shocked following the massacre in Blacksburg, to add to our sadness of this week.

Bob was a mentor to    Wade Hancock ('56) of VA and myself when he was Head Manager of the TYPHOON Basketball program in his senior year at Newport News High School.

He was mild mannered, polite, and very efficient at doing his job. He set such a fine example for all of us. He represented the TYPHOON as the scorer during our Varsity Basketball games and performed with dignity.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Joe, for that remembrance.  I cross-linked the basketball pages as well:



From Elizabeth Buchan of VA - 04/18/07 - "Don Buchan":


I have attached a later photo of Donald.  Thanks for all you do.  Bob has received some very meaningful notes.

Elizabeth Buchan

   Thank you, Elizabeth.  I've added this to the Class of 1955 In Memoriam page as well:

Donald Buchan



  Again, our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Buchan family and their friends at this difficult time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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