Buchanan IVRotary benefactorJames A. Buchanan IV, a...

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October 16, 1993

J. A. Buchanan IV

Rotary benefactor

James A. Buchanan IV, a major benefactor of Rotary International and a retired contractor, died Sunday of an aortic aneurysm at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

The 74-year-old Washington-area contractor had been a member 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 waforward-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.

Mr. Buchanan also claimed ancestry from U.S. President James Buchanan, the 15th president.

Graveside services are to be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, James Buchanan of Memphis, John Buchanan of Fredericksburg, Va., and Ian Buchanan of Lorton, Va.; two daughters, Donalda Ridge of Upperville, Va., and Kathleen Schultz of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 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 the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Evanston, Ill. 60201.

Charles J. Schmidt


Charles J. Schmidt, 92, a retired pharmacist, died Wednesday of kidney failure at the Springmoor Retirement Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Known as Doc, he owned and operated the Riverside Pharmacy from 1925 until his retirement in 1959 after a heart attack. The store was in the 1600 block of S. Charles St.

Reared in South Baltimore, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1920 and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1924.

He and his wife of 65 years, the former Grace Moxley, who died in 1990, rented cottages for many years at a place they owned at Mago-Vista on the Magothy River. They moved to Raleigh in 1986.

"He loved to fish and boat on the Magothy," recalled his daughter, Jeanne S. Munson of Raleigh. "He always hated to leave the water."

Active in Masonic affairs, he was a member of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland, Mystic Circle Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Baltimore, Belvidere R.A. chapter No. 39, Beauseant Commandery No. 8 Knights Templar, Masonic Veterans Association of Maryland, Baltimore Forest No. 45 T.C.L., Officers Past and Officers Association District No. 14 T.C.L. and the Boumi Temple Shrine.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today in the chapel of the Henry W. Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home, 4905 York Road, Baltimore. Interment will be in Loudon Park Cemetery.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to any Masonic group or the Asbury United Methodist Church, Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27613.

Dr. Charles Hassett

Edgewood researcher

Dr. Charles C. Hassett, retired head of the Experimental Medicine Branch at the Edgewood Arsenal, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The 88-year-old Towson resident retired in 1975 after 30 years as a research physiologist at Edgewood. He did work on insect physiology, toxicology and metabolism, much of it con

cerned with medical defenses against chemical warfare agents.

Author of many published research papers, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Society of Physiologists, the Entomological Society of America and Sigma Xi and the Scientific Research Society.

The New Haven, Conn., native was reared in Buffalo, N.Y., where he graduated from South Park High School in 1922. He also is a 1938 graduate of the University of Buffalo.

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