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Ted Buchanan

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Ted Buchanan: A legacy of leadership

For generations, the men in the Buchanan family attended Princeton University. When it came time for Ted to go to college, however, the decision was a no-brainer. “I wanted the South, and for me Tulane was No.1,” he says. 

July 20, 2011: Edison “Ted” Buchanan (E ’77) moved to New Orleans with his family at age 10 when his father, James J. Buchanan, joined the Tulane faculty as professor of classical languages. The elder Buchanan proved popular among students and dedicated himself to inaugurating a humanistic renaissance on campus.

“He was a funny old bird,” Ted says. “He’d ride his bike to school holding an umbrella, and all the students really loved him. He was always there for those in need and friends would say, ‘You have the greatest dad in the world!’ He’s helped me line up my life.’” 

Ted explains that his father refused to limit his courses to liberal arts students, and developed a reputation for exposing engineering undergraduates to the humanities and educating law students in the Roman legal system. “He really believed that no matter what area you wanted to go into at Tulane, you should have an understanding of the classics.” 

Green and blue run deep
With that in mind, Ted decided to strengthen the Department of Classics at the School of Liberal Arts by creating the James Buchanan Fund to honor his father’s legacy. But he didn’t stop there. Ted’s involvement with Tulane runs deeper. 

Since graduating from Tulane with a degree in civil engineering in 1977, he has remained faithful to the university, giving generously and regularly to the School of Science and Engineering in addition to the liberal arts.

For generations, the men in the Buchanan family attended Princeton University. When it came time for Ted to go to college, however, the decision was a no-brainer. “I wanted the South, and for me Tulane was No.1,” he says. 

After Tulane, Ted earned his MBA degree in finance and international business from Columbia University in 1981. From there, he served as managing director of various groups in the investment banking division of Dean Witter Reynolds and Morgan Stanley in their New York and Dallas offices. In 2000, he became managing director and head of the Real Estate Group at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he remained until joining the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit dedicated to land conservation. He now serves on the board of directors of Pioneer Natural Resources and the Commonweal Conservancy. 

Why give
Though he and his family currently live in Santa Fe, N.M., Ted has fond memories of the city and university he treasures.

“New Orleans is a city I love and grew up in and Tulane is its backbone. If the city is going to survive, it can’t do it without Tulane. I give to all my alma maters, but I give the most to Tulane because I feel it really did serve me very well. I had a great education there, and I know my dollars go further there. Every graduate should look at his or her life and ask, ‘What did Tulane do for me?’ If they have the opportunity to give for someone else’s benefit, they should.”

Michael Ramos is a writer in the Office of Development.        

 

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