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Dr John Lossing Buck

Dr John Lossing Buck

Birth
Lagrangeville, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Death 27 Sep 1975 (aged 84)
Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Burial Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 28263596 · View Source
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Agricultural Economist, Author. Dr. John Lossing Buck, known as Lossing to his friends, graduated from Cornell University in 1914. He later returned to Cornell and received an M.S. in 1925 and PhD in 1933. Lossing went to China in 1915 as an agricultural missionary for the American Presbyterian Mission. In 1917 he married Pearl Sydenstricker and they moved to Nanhsuchou where he began his research into the Chinese farm economy. In 1920, Nanking University invited him to create and head a Department of Agricultural Economics. Over the next twelve years he organized his students to conduct a survey of farms and farm families, which he analyzed in "Chinese Farm Economy," the first footnote of which cited "The Good Earth." Lossing continued the surveys, producing a three volume study, "Land Utilization in China." In 1932 "The Good Earth" won a Pulitzer Prize and in 1935 the couple divorced. In the years that followed, Lossing was United States Treasury Representative in China, Chief of the Land and Water Use Branch of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization and Director for Agricultural Economics at the Council on Economic and Cultural Affairs. After retiring he continued writing, giving lectures and served as a Specialist for the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


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Years in China 1915 -1944
Married Oct. 11, 1941 to
Lomay Chang
One World - East and West


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  • Created by: Janice Quandt MacDaniels
  • Added: 14 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28263596
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr John Lossing Buck (27 Nov 1890–27 Sep 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28263596, citing Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Janice Quandt MacDaniels (contributor 46838876) .