Past President Generals

President General James Orton Buck

January 1, 1972 - April 15, 1982


J. Orton Buck Jr.

J. Orton Buck Jr., 86, died March 29, 2000, in Klamath Falls.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Charles Dreisbach will officiate. Cremation will be held. Inurnment will be in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C., at a later date. Ward's Klamath Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Buck was born July 1, 1913, in Bridgeport, Conn., to J. Orton and Myra (Wooster) Buck. He was educated in Portland, Maine, before graduating with honor from New York School of Fine and Applied Art, where he studied interior architecture and decoration and mural painting, in 1934. After several years in an interior design studio in Washington, D.C., he went into department store design and served in an executive capacity at Lord & Taylor's, Macy's, and Bloomingdales.

He married Bab Gulley Foster in New York City in 1947. He lived in Nashville, Tenn., for seven years prior to moving to Klamath Falls in 1985.

Mr. Buck was a former member of the American Institute of Interior Design, a member of the Society of Cincinnati, and co-compiler of Volumes II and III of Pedigrees of some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants.

For 10 years, he was president general of the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States. He also served as governor general of the Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors. Mr. Buck held offices in the Baronial Order of Magna Charta, National Society of Americans of Royal Descent, St. Nicholas Society of the City of New York, and Society of Colonial Wars. In addition, he was a member of the Sons of the Revolution and Order of Founders and Patriots of America.

In Klamath Falls, he was a volunteer at the Klamath County Museum, a member of the Klamath County Museum Advisory Board, and president of Friends of the Klamath County Museum. He also was a member of the Klamath County Historical Society, registrar of the Southern Oregon Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Clare and David White of Norwich, N.Y.; grandchildren, Emerson, James-Kent and Jerusha White of Norwich; brother, J. Randolph Buck of Fairhope, Ala.; sister, Beatrice Buck of Winter Park, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. His wife preceded him in death in 1977.