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William Andrew Buxton ’61

Published in Nov. 7, 2001, issue

Bill died on June 25, 2000, at his home in Gaithersburg, Md., after a long bout with prostate cancer of which only those closest to him were aware until the last. Indeed, he remained active until the day he died.

Born in Chicago in 1939, Bill came to Princeton from Evanston Township H.S. At Princeton he was an English major and a member of Quadrangle Club. Senior year he roomed with Mahlon Jones, Contee Seeley, Bill Rough, Hal Lackey, Dick Webster, and Dave Palmer.

Following Princeton he attended graduate school, followed by military service, and then a career as a technical writer and developer of computer-based program instructions, including a three-year tour in Germany in the '70s under contract to the U.S. Army. In a eulogy a friend said, "He really understood what he was writing about, such that he often helped the engineers to better understand their own projects."

In 1964 Bill married Jo Alice Royall, who survives him, as do his daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Peter, and granddaughter Julia. We join them in their sorrow.

The Class of 1961

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