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Obituaries—Buchanan & Criss


Obituaries—Buchanan & Criss

Gibson Packer Buchanan

Gibson Packer Buchanan, M.D., of Pittsburgh, beloved husband of Alice Reed Buchanan, died peacefully on February 2, 2013, at the age of 92.

Gibson was born April 15, 1920, the son of Charity Packer and John Grier Buchanan and brother of the late John G. Buchanan Jr. and the late James J. Buchanan.  

Raised in Pittsburgh, he was a graduate of Shady Side Academy (1937), Princeton University (1941) and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1944).  He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Following an internship at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, he completed his residency at Babies and Children’s Hospital of New York, before returning to Pittsburgh to establish a private practice as a pediatrician, caring for generations of families.  He was on the staff of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He served as a board member of the Children’s Home and provided his services to the Allegheny County Health Department’s Well Baby Clinics.  

Gibson was an elder and life-long member of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church.  A proud Pittsburgh resident, he was a supporter of the arts and regularly attended Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts.  An insatiable traveler, he made numerous trips over his lifetime, including two around-the-world journeys.  On many weekend trips, he and his wife Alice visited every covered bridge in Pennsylvania.  Other passions included fishing, swimming, sailing, enjoying paintings by Rembrandt, singing, and spending summers with his family on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

Gibson was predeceased by his dear first wife, Cathryn Grier Buchanan, and his infant son, Gibson Packer Buchanan Jr. He was a loving father to Margaret Buchanan and her husband Louis Golden of West Hartford, CT; Cathryn Buchanan and her husband Jeffrey Pierce of Monroe, WA; David Buchanan and his wife Mary Horst of Jamaica Plain, MA; and Thomas Buchanan and his wife Mary Beth Buchanan of Fox Chapel, PA.  He was the proud grandfather of Jennifer, James, Daniel, Ava, Julia and William.

The family is planning a memorial service and celebration of his life in April, with details to follow.  Donations in Dr. Buchanan’s memory may be made to The Pittsburgh Foundation, Alice and Gibson Buchanan Fund, www.pittsburghfoundation.org or 412-391-5122.

The family would like to thank the staff at Longwood for the loving care provided to Dr. Buchanan during the final months of his life. 

Arrangements were entrusted to the English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Louise Caldwell Criss

Louise Caldwell Criss, of Longwood at Oakmont, formerly of the East End of Pittsburgh, died Friday, February 1, 2013 at the age of 93.

Louise was born July 28th, 1919 in Youngstown, Ohio.  She grew up in Edgewood and was educated at Chatham University, formerly Pennsylvania College for Women.  Louise married Nicholas Rittenhouse Criss Jr. on February 9th, 1943.  Saturday would have been their 70th wedding anniversary.

Louise was a tireless supporter of many organizations.  She was a member and officer of the Rockledge Garden Club for over 60 years.  She served on many committees and as Elder and Deacon for East Liberty Presbyterian Church.  In 2006 she became a member of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.  Louise served on the Board for the Jane Holmes Residence for many years.  

A true anglophile, Louise loved to travel, making many trips to London during her lifetime.  She loved spending time with family, friends and was a founding member of P.O.E.T.S social club of Briarcliff Road.  

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, her sister Barbara Caldwell Blackburn, and her sons, Nicholas Rittenhouse Criss III of San Diego and Russell Caldwell Criss of O’Hara.  She is survived by her daughter, Sally (Criss) Allan of Pittsburgh, her sister Marjorie Caldwell Berlin of Naples Fl., her grandchildren Catherine (Criss) Parker, Nicholas Rittenhouse Criss IV, Elizabeth Criss, John Criss, Louise Criss, Jim Allan, David Allan, Bobby Allan and two great-grandchildren.

Friends and relatives will be received on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Avenue, Oakmont.  (412) 828-3535.  A funeral service will be held in the Old Chapel of Homewood Cemetery, 1599 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, 15217 on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 11 am.  EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHAPEL.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Chatham University, Pittsburgh PA.

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