Residence: Blaine, MN
Deceased: September 1, 2017
Alumni survivors: Mr. Robert B. Buckler ’72 P09 P11 W71 (Widow/Widower), Ms. Carla J. Allen ’73 (Sibling), Ms. Diane R. Smith ’77 (Sibling), Dr. Mark R. Smith ’68 (Sibling), Dr. Suzanne J. Smith ’66 (Cousin), Ellen Sylvester, Ph.D. ’70 P03 P06 P08 (Sibling), Cara S. Nguyen, Psy.D. ’03 (Niece), Mrs. Elizabeth L. Sylvester ’06 (Niece), Mr. Douglas L. Sylvester ’08 (Nephew), Dr. Claire B. Janssen ’09 (Child), Mrs. Louise C. Martin ’11 (Child)
Buckler, Anita S. MD age 67, passed away on September 1, surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with brain tumors. She is preceded in death by her parents, Marie Elizabeth Ojala Smith and George R. Smith, MD. Dr. Buckler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Carleton College, a Master of Arts degree in Library Science from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Buckler was board-certified in internal medicine, practicing in Cambridge and Coon Rapids Minnesota. She served as Chairman of the Cambridge Medical Center, on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School, and in many other capacities in the medical community. She was beloved by her patients and highly respected by her colleagues. Dr. Buckler will be remembered for her fun-loving spirit, love of family and friends, superb culinary ability, and resilience in the face of adversity. She exemplified generosity and compassion throughout her life. She is deeply missed by her family and friends. Dr. Buckler is survived by her husband, Robert, her children, Marshall (Alison), Dr. Claire Janssen (Adam), and Louise Martin (Ty), and her beloved granddaughters, Kara Buckler and Harper Janssen. Dr. Buckler’s family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Langton Place, and the physicians and nurses at the Mayo Clinic, Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Allina Hospice for their compassionate, attentive care.
I didn’t get to know Anita until after Carleton. We were both living in Washington, DC. Our husbands played rugby together, as did Bob Richey ’70 who also lived in the area with his wife Lynda. The six of us became a little Minnesota family, celebrating holidays and otherwise hanging out together. That was the beginning of my very special life-long friendship with Anita. Eventually, we all returned to the Twin Cities area. Anita and I were, for each other, the person you call first with good news or bad. Anita was wise, compassionate, and fun-loving. We shared many adventures with five other women (Oles, no less, including Lynda)–we called ourselves the Red Hots. Since Anita’s death, the Red Hots mark every get-together by raising a glass “to Anita!”
Mary Wilson ’71