Horace C. Buxton Jr. ’37 died on February 12, 2009, at his home in Vienna, Virginia.
He was born on July 13, 1915, in Fort Fairfield, Maine, and graduated from Fort Fairfield High School. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with history department honors. He went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University Business School in 1939, and received his doctorate in computer science there in 1949. He worked as a research assistant at Harvard from 1939 to 1940, and as an instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1940 to 1942. He left academia in 1942 to join the Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander after four years of service. After his discharge, he entered the world of finance, working for five years as an assistant treasurer of the Railways and Utilities Investing Co. and then as an analyst for E.F. Hutton. In 1954, he was hired as director of the Investment Research Department at Auchincloss, Parker & Redpath, specializing in companies in the atomic energy field. He was made a general partner in 1966, and worked at the company until 1970, when he became a security analyst and vice president of Thomas & McKinnon Auchincloss Kohlmeyer. He was a 55-year member of the Concord Lodge No. 307 in Vienna. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann Wallace James Buxton; a daughter, Sarah W. Buxton- Smith; a son, Charles H. Buxton; and two granddaughters. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward G. Buxton ’28 and a sister, Violet B. Merrill.