From a contemporary press report
A major benefactor of Rotary International and a retired contractor, he died Sunday, October 10, 1993 of an aortic aneurysm at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.
The 74-year-old Washington-area contractor had been a member of Rotary International since 1952 and served as president of the Rockville chapter in 1969. In 1974 he served as Washington district governor. In 1990 he became the largest contributor ever, making several multimillion-dollar contributions to the Rotary Foundation. A gift by Mr. Buchanan in 1985 allowed the World Health Organization to immunize millions of children throughout the world against polio.
A Washington, D.C. native, he was a graduate of the Hill School in 1938 and studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Miami and Tri-State College in Angola, Ind. While he was a student, he wrote a paper on wing icing, gaining him entry into the Royal Air Force at the start of World War II. After a serious flying accident he left the RAF and became a flight instructor for the Royal Canadian Air Force in Ontario. When the U.S. declared war, he returned and joined the Navy.
After World War II he settled in the Rockville area, where he operated the Buchanan Construction Co. “The most unique factor in his life was that he was forward-looking,” said Robert G. Ketron, Rotary International president. “He never looked backward. He was devoted to developing leadership in people. It gave him great pleasure to help people.”
He was an advisory board member of the American Automobile Club, former chairman of the board of the Military Pilots Association and was past president of the West Montgomery County Civic Association. His hobbies included flying and sailing. He and his second wife, the former Fay Reuling, whom he married in 1960, operated a horse breeding farm, Inverness, a 1740s-era plantation in Dickerson.
Buchanan also claimed ancestry from US President James Buchanan, the 15th president.
Graveside services are to be held at 3 pm Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, James Buchanan of Memphis, John Buchanan of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Ian Buchanan of Lorton, Virginia; two daughters, Donalda Ridge of Upperville, Virginia, and Kathleen Schultz of Scottsdale, Arizona; a stepson, James “Flip” Evans of Gaithersburg; a step-daughter, Ann “Timmy” Krome of New Market; and 10 grandchildren. The family suggested contributions to Potomac Rotary Charities or the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Evanston, Illinois, 60201.
His is buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery, in the same site as Francis J. Buchanan and near James Anderson Buchanan. His first wife, Mary Mac E. Buchanan (1922-1960) is also buried with him.
BUCHANAN, JAMES A IV
- Ensign, United States Navy
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/30/1918
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/10/1993
- BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 1906
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
BUCHANAN, MARY MACLACHERAN
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/09/1922
- DATE OF DEATH: 05/10/1960
- BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 1906
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
- WIFE OF JA BUCHANAN IV, ENSIGN, USNR
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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