Allan Dean Buchanan

October 7, 1926March 11, 2019

Allan Dean Buchanan passed away at the age 92 in Santa Barbara.

He was born in Seattle in 1926, the only son of Nicholas and Lucille Buchanan. He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 72 years, three children, six grandchildren and three great grand-children. During World War ll he served as a U.S. Merchant Marine midshipman on Victory ships carrying munitions and war material to the south Pacific. After the war he earned a B.S. degree in accounting from University of California, Berkeley in L950 and a Certificated Public Accountant license for CA and Washington. From L958 to 1"962 he served as treasurer and business manager of the Augustana Lutheran Mission field in Tanganyika, East Africa, experiencing British colonialism and lndependence of the new Tanzania nation.

ln 1962 the family comprising two sons and a daughter moved to Tacoma, WA where Dean was hired at Pacific Lutheran University as vice president for financial and business affairs, a position he held for twelve years. He then accepted a similar position at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA for fifteen years . He was an active Lutheran church member and a Rotarian in Tacoma and Thousand Oaks. During his tenure in higher education he was energetic in professional organizations: on the executive board and president of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers, as a board member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, a volunteer member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation committees.

After early retirement he operated his own consulting firm for ten years specializing in private college and university financial planning, serving over forty institutions from Vermont to Hawaii. After living in Santa Maria for twenty years, Dean and Marilyn moved to the Samarkand Retirement community in Santa Barbara. His health declined in 2ALZ contracting pneumonia and congenital heart failure.


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