Leonardo E. Buck ’38

Leonardo E. Buck ’38 died on January 26, 2015, in Brunswick. 

He was born in Woburn, MA, on March 1, 1916, to William E. Buck M’1914 and Carrie Buck. Buck prepared for college at Morse High School in Bath, ME, and Kents Hill School in Kents Hill, ME. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity and played on the golf, hockey, and baseball teams. During World War II, he achieved the rank of lieutenant in the US Navy, serving between 1941 and 1946. He married Letitia Lee on July 18, 1942. Buck later earned a degree in dentistry at Harvard University. He was an accomplished golfer and rules official who won many awards and championships. He also served in a variety of capacities for various golf associations and was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, and, in 1996, he was inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame. He received the Ike Grainger Centennial Award for forty-four years of service on the USGA Public Links and Senior Championship Committee as a rules official. It is noted that he had been a committee member longer than any other individual in the country. Survivors include two sons, a grandson, four granddaughters, seven great grandsons, and five great granddaughters. He was predeceased by his wife, Letitia, and his son, Bruce Buck.