|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1906|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 1946|
Eloise was a graduate of the University of Oregon. She received her Masters Degree from Wellesley College in 1929. Her job at the time was a vocational counselor for the Katherine Gibbs School in New York. She came to Atlanta, Georgia on a speaking tour and stayed at the Winecoff Hotel on the night of December 7, 1946. The Winecoff caught fire that night in what is considered the worst hotel fire in U.S. history and she was one of the victims. She was 40 years old at the time and had resided in St. Louis, Missouri. Her room number at the Winecoff was 1124.
Mary B. Welsh, of the Katherine Gibbs school, wrote a wonderful article about Eloise....
In the tragic and untimely death of Eloise Buck, we at Katharine Gibbs lost a friend and able associate. As our representative, she brought to the schools and colleges she visited a sincere and convincing belief in the aims and purposes of Katharine Gibbs. At the Barbizon, where she lived while in New York, and at the Chicago residence, where she stayed intermittently, she gave the girls not only wise counseling based on her mature judgment and experience, but a degree of understanding found only in one who has preserved a youthful and receptive outlook.
For her there was clearly a right way of life – it was to live each day for itself, generously and to its fullest; to be indifferent to no person or experience which might add to that day's meaning; to give abundantly of oneself, in one's work and to one's friends; to laugh at unimportant annoyances, and to waste no time in resentments; to be aware of human need and sympathetic toward human frailty and tragedy; and above all, to see one's own life and actions in terms of a shared and not an isolated existence.
Her warmth and graciousness she spent without reserve. In the words of one friend, "She made each person to whom she talked or listened feel as if that person and his interests were of real importance."
Her interests and enthusiasms were unlimited. She found a never-ending delight in the good things which so many of us take for granted. Her joy in simple and small pleasures was a constant stimulus to those who shared them with her. The theatre, music, books, the company of friends – all took on added meaning because of her appreciation. She somehow made one aware that living should be enjoyed from day to day.
In her work she did not seek self-recognition. Her efforts were directed toward the common good. This was nowhere made more evident than in the numerous letters of tribute which have come to the school since her death.
People who knew her slightly and those privileged to know her well have been permanently enriched by this association. Eloise Buck left an enduring heritage of affection and respect.
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Record added: May 26, 2009
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