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Dr. Robert D. Buchanan (D46) had visited TUSDM in celebration of his 95th birthday! Hopefully, some of you were able to visit and greet him with a big Jumbo Welcome and wished him a very happy birthday!!

A little bit about Dr. Buchanan……

Born on May 8, 1922 in “The County” of Northern Maine, Dr. Buchanan is a loyal alumnus, dental practitioner, educator, gentleman of dedication and character and philanthropist.  His Maine roots run deep. His father was an agent with the railroad in Caribou. He graduated from University of Maine at Orono in 1944 and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1946.

Dr. Buchanan’s presence is widely felt at TUSDM. He has previously supported the renovation of the entrance to the Dental School which led to his statue being unveiled in the lobby named in his honor. In 1996, on the occasion of his 50th reunion, he created a $1.5-million trust to establish the school’s first departmental chair, in operative dentistry.  Dr. Buchanan was awarded a Dean’s Medal from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1998.

In celebration of his class’ 60th anniversary in 2006, Dr. Buchanan made a $1-million planned gift to benefit the school’s building renovation.  His was the first major gift toward the vertical expansion project that added five floors to the Dental School’s building at One Kneeland Street.  In recognition of this gift, the Fifteenth Floor Lobby was name in his honor.

Now retired from private practice and from teaching as a clinical professor of operative dentistry at the University of Southern California, Buchanan resides in Pueblo, Colorado with his family nearby and has traveled the country by motor-home.