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Dr. Robert D. Buchanan, D46

About him

Dr. Buchanan's presence is widely felt at TUSDM. His previous support for the renovation of the entrance to the Dental School led to his statue being unveiled in the lobby named in his honor. Ten years ago, on the occasion of his 50th reunion, he created a $1.5-million trust to establish the school's first departmental chair, in operative dentistry. Now retired from private practice and from teaching as a clinical professor of operative dentistry at the University of Southern California, Buchanan lives with his wife, Pearlee, in Pueblo, Colo., and has traveled the country by motor-home.

His most recent gift

To mark his class' 60th anniversary, Buchanan announced a $1-million planned gift to benefit the school's building renovation. His is the first major gift toward the expansion project that will add five floors to the Dental School's building at One Kneeland Street.

Why he gives

"Tufts is where I gained my livelihood," he said. "If I didn't have that training, I might be out digging ditches. I believe that if I have the means, it's my duty to support Tufts."

When support was sought for the school's vertical expansion project, he was the first to offer it. "I told Dean [Lonnie] Norris, this is such a wonderful place, I'm going to make you a little donation," he said. "I hope it will inspire others to give."