In Memory of Dr. Ralph Buice

Dr. Ralph Buice

Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. passed away Tuesday, Feb 24, 2010 at his home. Dr. Buice was a 39 year veteran of Fernbank Science Center and the DeKalb County School System. While attending Georgia Tech, he often visited Fernbank Science Center to work with the astronomy team. His volunteer efforts led to a position at Fernbank where he was instrumental in working with NASA to develop tracking of satellites in the early years. As a result, the Apollo Six capsule was placed at the Science Center. Dr. Buice was involved in the recovery of the “lost” satellite Pageos.

As a Chemistry instructor he inspired hundreds of students in Independent Study Classes, the Scientific Tools and Techniques Program and other Fernbank programs. In more recent years, his duties included mentoring teachers and working with students doing independent research projects. He was very instrumental in developing the partnership with NASA’s Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) at the Science Center. Over the years he has supported science instruction in the school system in a variety of means including working with young teachers to judging in science fairs.

Dr. Buice enjoyed traveling throughout the world. He often took guests with him on his adventures and encouraged others to live their own adventures. He loved food, wine, and life.

Predeceased by his mother Sara Edwards Buice, father Ralph Lendon Buice, sister Elizabeth Ann Buice.

Survivors include his brother, Rick Buice, sister-in-law, Fran Buice and nieces Kristi and Elizabeth Buice, Fredrick and Smithfield, several cousins in Chattanooga, close friends, and his Fernbank Science Center family.

Click here for some images from Dr. Buice's life at Fernbank.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fernbank Science Center.

Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30307