Phi Kappa Psi Mourns the Passing of John Buck

Long-time trustee of the Phi Psi Foundation, Brother Buck was a tireless supporter of the Fraternity.

A memorial service and celebration of John's life is planned for Monday, June 27, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church (1115 36th Street, Galveston, TX 77550). Per John's request, donations should be made to the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation, Grace Episcopal Church or Christ Episcopal Church Nacogdoches Foundation (CECN Foundation c/o Edward Jones, PO Box 632765, Nacogdoches, TX 75963)

June 13, 2011 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Phi Kappa Psi Foundation lost a great brother, leader and friend last week. John F. Buck Indiana '75, passed away on the evening of Thursday, June 9, 2011. "Coach", as he was often referred to within the brotherhood, had been battling health issues over the last several years. These difficulties, despite his strong will and zeal for life, became more exacerbated recently and unfortunately led to his hospitalization and passing. John Buck for web.jpg

As a member of the Fraternity's leadership, Brother Buck's dedication to Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternal movement and also to academia is unmatched. As a career professor and lifelong learner, Brother Buck was a great influence on many within the Fraternity. His inquisitive nature and constant quest for good conversation motivated him to be up-to-date on the latest technology, which helped him, even in his 83rd year, to remain connected with brothers he met throughout his fraternal journey.

John began his education in the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. His work toward his degree was interrupted by four years of service in the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Section. He returned to complete his B.S. in Business Administration and then worked for Woodward and Lothrop, Inc. in Washington, D.C., where he programmed the Univac Mark I, the first commercial computer.

He returned to Virginia Tech to become one of the first members and teachers in their new Computer Science Department. During his stay there he served on President Johnson's Commission on the Use of Computers in Education. He left Virginia Tech to teach at Indiana University. While a faculty member in the Computer Science Department, working toward his Doctorate, John was given the opportunity to pledge the Indiana Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi.

He served the chapter for more than 20 years, as Faculty Advisor before and Chapter Advisor after his initiation. He also has served the National Fraternity as Director of Scholarship, as a member of the Commission on Ethics and is a member of the Order of the S.C. Retired from Indiana University and then from Stephen F. Austin State University, John lived in Galveston, Texas for the final years of his life, staying active in his church, by playing as an accomplished organist, playing some golf, and continuing to serve the Fraternity and the Foundation.