It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to former American Farm School President David Wesley Buck, who passed away a few days ago. David served as president from 1999 to 2004 and will be remembered for his kindness and warmth by everyone who knew him at the American Farm School.
Born in 1944, he studied at Colgate University in 1962 and four years later he received his Master’s from the University of Michigan. Before coming to the School, along with his wife Patti they were devoted to international education for 22 years on four continents. He led the International School of Prague, the International School of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, the International School of Vienna and the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The Bucks’ first introduction to Greece and to Thessaloniki was in 1977 when he taught math at a private school. A few months after becoming president he stated “when we first visited the campus, it became obvious to us that there was a contagious, proud atmosphere, one we had experienced at no other school”. One of the milestones of his presidency was the extension and modernization of the “Dimitris and Aliki Perroti library”, which was made possible through a gift from Mrs. Aliki Perroti.
President Dr. Panos Kanellis sent flowers to his wife Patti along with a message conveying his sincerest condolences for her loss. A tree will be planted on campus in his memory.