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In Memoriam: Robert Buller, BA'71

[photo of Robert Buller]Rob Buller, BA’71, died unexpectedly at home on Oct. 20. Rob – who was “Uncle Bob” to family and friends – was born in Hedley, BC. After serving proudly as a Lieutenant with the 48th Highlander Regiment of Canada, he came to Queen’s and graduated with a BA in 1971 and an MBA in 1977. He earned his CMC accreditation in 1988.

While an undergrad at Queen’s, Rob served as Speaker of the AMS ­Assembly. One of his proudest accomplishments in that capacity was the creation of the first campus pub, the House of Commons, which opened in January 1970. His was also a familiar voice as co-host, with Tim Gerrard, Sc’69, and Jack ­Henderson, Sc’78, of the weekly CFRC public affairs and commentary show “Campus Comment.” Rob remained at Queen’s between degrees, working in the newly created High School Liaison Office promoting the advantages of a Queen’s education to high school students across Canada. He also served as a Don in Leonard Hall from 1975-77 while studying for his MBA.

Rob enjoyed a diverse career in the hospitality industry, management consulting, solar energy, and publishing. He lived in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Kingston. But Rob’s greatest satisfaction came from teaching in local colleges and working with the Queen’s University Alumni Association, Alumni Affairs – including a stint as Director, 1990-93 – and the Queen’s Executive MBA program. He frequently traveled from his home in Vancouver to Kingston to ­attend the convocation ceremonies of the Executive MBA students he supervised. On the day of his death, he had sat through several MBA 20-minute presentations by phone but sadly did not have the opportunity to submit marks for them.

Rob’s community involvement included the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Museum, the Vancouver Planning Commission, the Fraser River Discovery Centre, Van Dusen Gardens (Vancouver), and the Canadian Power Squadron. His hobbies included yachting, motor ­cycling, music, genealogy and keeping in touch with family and lifelong friends.

Rob is survived by his longtime partner Karen Lubin, a brother, a niece, and five cousins. He will be remembered by hundreds of friends and associates in and beyond the Queen’s family.

A Celebration of Life was held Nov. 18 at Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver. It was attended by more than 150 family and friends, many from the Queen’s community. The ceremony was emceed by Peter Watts, Artsci’74, one of those lifelong friends.

Rob will be remembered for his energy, intense enthusiasm for life, and passion for ­education. At every Queen’s convocation, graduands promise to maintain a generous loyalty to our alma mater. Rob took that promise seriously.

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