LEBANON -- A celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Westland United Methodist Church for Dr. Buchanan, 71, of Lebanon.
A longtime devoted educator in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tennessee Technological University, he died May 29, 2011 at the Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.
Born June 29, 1939, in Campbellsville, Kentucky, to the late Frank E. and Alene Jarboe Buchanan, he was a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he received both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering as well as a Ph.D. from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
He joined the faculty of the Tennessee Tech Department of Engineering Science in 1965, serving as chairman from 1978-82 and then, following a one year appointment as visiting staff at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, returned to TTU where he taught until his death.
Dr. Buchanan loved teaching and was highly respected by his students and peers.
He served as a mentor and role model to numerous students during his career. He was also an accomplished researcher, having his research broadly published and referenced by his peers.
Dr. Buchanan was a recipient of every TTU research related award. Out of the classroom he enjoyed his dogs, dancing, woodworking, carving, gardening and making dulcimers. He was a member of the Westland United Methodist Church.
He is survived and loved by his wife of 19 years, Charlotte Chris Buchanan; sister Barbara Buchanan Lewis of Louisville, KY; stepsister Sarah Ellen (Donald) Goff of Campbellsville, KY; son George Kevin Buchanan of Dallas, TX; daughter Karen Ann (Tim) Schneider of Phoenix, AZ; son and daughter-in-law Joshua Graham and Desiree Buchanan of Chicago, IL; stepchildren Brandy Walker of Florence, AL, and David Walker of Nashville; and grandchildren Lauren E. Buchanan, George C. Buchanan, Oliver W. Buchanan, Jared Schneider, Jaden Schneider, Kelsey Detwiler, Tyler Slagle, and Trevor Walker.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother Ethel Buchanan, and brother-in-law James E. Lewis.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dr. Buchanan may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 2520 Elisha Avenue, Zion, IL 60099 or the Ray Kinslow Research Award Endowment, Tennessee Technological University, Box 5005, Cookeville, 38506.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.