Retired educator in crash

Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2000

A retired Juneau educator was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident about 9 p.m. Thursday in Texas.

Marsha Buck, former principal of special education at SEARC, was admitted to Wilson N. Jones Memorial Hospital in Sherman, Texas, where she is undergoing treatment in the surgical intensive care unit.

"From what we understand," said Buck's neighbor, Tina Racy, "she is in stable condition with multiple broken bones. She will recover -- but it will be a long recovery."

Buck, 57, was visiting Texas to attend a spiritual seminar. She was driving with two or three Illinois friends when the accident occurred in Bonham, 27 miles from Sherman. The friends walked away, Racy said, but Buck had to be airlifted to the new trauma center at Jones Memorial. There she underwent surgery for abdominal injuries. The trauma center had just opened and Buck is said to have been the first patient to land on the helipad.

According to Valerie Kelly of Juneau, "Hospital staff reported that had she not been able to receive immediate medical attention, she might not have survived."

Buck's daughters, Lys Buck and Lene Kister, flew from Juneau to Texas, arriving at their mother's bedside Friday afternoon. They could not be reached for comment. A friend of 12 years, Willie E. Anderson, arrived Saturday.

"A tractor-trailer hit her car," Anderson said. "She is conscious and doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. The doctors are still making decisions about what to do about her excess blood loss," he said. Anderson planned to remain in Sherman through Monday.

Buck directed the Juneau Pride Chorus when it received a human rights award. She still teaches music privately and has many local admirers, affiliations and accomplishments.

Because of the huge hospital bills accumulating in Sherman, said Dr. Mo Longworth of Juneau, the Chorus has established a fund at Alaska Pacific Bank for anyone who wants to donate toward Buck's medical insurance deductible.

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