W.A. Buckingham, retired broker

August 13, 1993|By Staff Report

William A. Buckingham, a retired senior partner in a stockbrokerage firm and a retired colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, died last Friday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of complications resulting from a fractured neck sustained in a fall at home.

The 73-year-old Guilford resident retired in 1989 from Ferris Baker Watts Inc. He had started with what was then Baker, Watts and Co. in 1956, became a partner in 1968 and a member of the executive committee in 1978.

He joined the Marines in 1941 and served as an officer in the Pacific on Guadalcanal, Rendova, Munda and Guam. At Rendova, a machine gun crew under his command was credited -- along with another gun crew -- with shooting down the first Japanese plane to attack the island after it was taken by the United States. A picture of him with the crew on the island was published in The Evening Sun on Aug. 13, 1943.

His decorations included a Purple Heart, a Navy Commendation Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation.

After the war, he served as operations officer of the 11th Engineer Battalion of the Marine Corps Reserve before being recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

Later, he served as commander of what was then the 1st Engineer Battalion in Northeast Baltimore. He retired from the Reserve as a full colonel in 1979.

He served as chairman of a Cancer Crusade, as treasurer of the Guilford Association and as a member of the finance committee of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church and of the board of the Baltimore City Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sarah Isabelle Speicher; two sons, William A. Buckingham Jr. of Alexandria, Va., and John E. Buckingham of Sarasota, Fla.; five sisters, Harriet Ripperger, Mary Thompson and Ann Barker of Baltimore, Imilda Simek of Barrington, Ill., and Phyllis Dulin of Marco Island, Fla., and a brother, Harry F. Buckingham Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Neurotrauma Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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