In Memory of Richard MacDonald Buck, 1930-2011


Dick Buck in 1985 (Photo: James D. Gossage)
Dick Buck in 1985 (Photo: James D. Gossage)

TLA President Kenneth Schlesinger is saddened to report, on behalf of the Executive Board, the recent passing of longtime TLA Secretary-Treasurer Richard M. Buck on December 20, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Dick served as Assistant to the Chief at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts from 1967 until his retirement in 1996.  He simultaneously performed the duties of TLA's Secretary-Treasurer during most of this period, from 1970 until 1994, serving solely as Treasurer for his last two years at NYPL.

During these nearly three decades of service, Dick Buck was strongly identified with Theatre Library Association—and, in fact, kept us going during what were at times challenging years.

In commemoration of his service and contributions, we will feature Reminiscences in his honor in the Spring issue of BROADSIDE.  We invite all members with fond and anecdotal memories of Dick to submit your short pieces to BROADSIDE Editor Angela Weaver by March 1, 2012.

2012 marks the banner year of TLA's 75th Anniversary.  We will be celebrating it with a series of notable events, primarily our Awards Ceremony and Anniversary Gala on Friday, October 12th at Lincoln Center.

There is strong sentiment among the Board to dedicate our Gala to the memory of Richard Buck.


Dick's Obituary in the New York Times

Richard M. Buck. The Small Stages That Challenged Our Concept of Legitimacy in Theater


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Last updated: January 3, 2012