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Baird L Buchanan
March 6, 1929 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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On January 12, 2024, Baird Lee Buchanan left us to embark on his next big adventure, just another in a
life filled with many.
His first big adventure was joining the Marine Corps in 1946 at age 17. He continued his military career
in the U. S. Army in 1951. He graduated from Officer Candidate School and served as a Second
Lieutenant in Korea where he was seriously wounded while leading a nighttime reconnaissance patrol
into North Korea.
After leaving the Army, Baird returned to school and earned a bachelor’s degree from High Point College
and a master’s degree from Appalachian State University.
Baird loved travel and the outdoors, and he shared many of his greatest adventures with his wife
Harriette. They traveled Europe together on an open-ended trip lasting over a year. Baird never
worried about the destination- he was too fond of the journey. In the fall of 1977 Baird and Harriette
moved to Boone with their infant son and Baird spent much of the rest of his life as an avid hiker and
Starting in his late 60s Baird began mountaineering and completed technical ascents in Canada, the
Western US, and Europe. In 2007, at age 78, he became the oldest climber on record to summit Mount
Hood in Oregon.
Although adventure was a love for Baird, his true passion was caring for others. Once Baird was “in your
corner” you had a staunch friend and ally for life. His devotion was most intense for Harriette, their son
Ian, and Ian’s wife Marianne and daughters Sadie and Tessa. When Baird loved you, you knew it and
strongly felt it every time you were in his presence.
In addition to the family above, Baird is survived by his brother James (Jim) Buchanan and Jim’s wife
Gale. He is predeceased by his parents Harry and Julia Buchanan and his first wife Marian Jordan
The family would like to thank the devoted staff of Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care and
of Medi Home Health and Hospice for the kindness and care they showed him.
We feel a deep emptiness in our hearts to be without Baird’s physical presence but we are uplifted to
think of him having moved on to his next great adventure.
A drop-in remembrance will take place from 1-2pm on January 28, 2024 at Austin-Barnes Funeral Home. All are
In lieu of flowers, donations in Baird’s memory may be made to The Hunger and Health Coalition; 141
Health Center Dr # C, Boone, NC 28607.