At Princeton he was a member of Campus Club and majored in history. His return to Roanoke after graduation lasted a year, until the Army called. During his 30 months with the infantry, he rose from recruit to first lieutenant, instructing small-arms warfare at Fort Jackson, S.C.
After the military he went back to Roanoke, where he resumed his banking career. He held executive officer positions in mortgage and savings and loan institutions until retiring in the early 1990s. He then embarked on a 20-year career as a real-estate appraiser.
Buddy was a confirmed bachelor until age 37, when he wed Gene, the widow of a friend who brought two sons to a marriage that produced two more. Buddy was most proud of being named Roanoke’s Father of the Year in 1997.
The son of a Presbyterian minister, Buddy loved his church and served it in many capacities. In 1985 he established the Edmunds Lecture Series, which brings theologians to Roanoke to educate and inspire. He held the record for the number of terms as president of the Roanoke German Club.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Gene; four sons; and 12 grandchildren.