Former Haverhill superintendent dies

file photoDr. Raleigh Buchanan

Former Haverhill School Superintendent Raleigh Buchanan has died.

Buchanan led Haverhill schools from 2006 to 2010 and was instrumental in creating Haverhill High School's Classical Academy.

Buchanan left the Haverhill district at the end of the 2010 school year to become superintendent of the Hamilton-Wenham school district, a job he held for one year.

He died July 26, according to his obituary from the South Carolina Cremation Society.

Born in Burnsville, North Carolina, on Oct. 19, 1940, Buchanan he grew up enjoying the mountain life, according to the obituary.

He perfected his basketball skills, allowing him to get a college scholarship in the sport.

Dr. “B,” as many called him, was devoted to the students that entered his doors during his long career in education, the obituary said. His first teaching job was at Brown Township Elementary School in Brownsburg, Indiana. Not only was he the school's sixth-grade teacher — he was also the basketball coach and principal.

Buchanan became assistant superintendent in Brownsburg while working on his doctorate of education degree at the University of Illinois. During this time, he included his children in his studies, which led to their life-long interest in academics. He also taught school psychology at a college level while he was a superintendent.

He went on to lead other schools and districts, including Seekonk public schools and Haverhill public schools.

Buchanan and his wife, Claudia, eventually retired where they felt most at home — in Winnsboro, South Carolina.  

Buchanan is survived by his wife of 57 years, his two daughters, Christy Buchanan and Paula Quinn, and his two grandchildren, Boyce Buchanan and Kell Evans.

Memorial donations can be made to the Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Scholarship in memory of Dr. Raleigh Buchanan. The address for donations is: Seekonk Lions Club, P.O. Box 326, Seekonk, MA 02771.


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