Richard C. Buchanan

Class of 1960 / Inducted 1976 / Football

Richard C. “Shrimp” Buchanan was a three-sport athlete at Emory & Henry College.  He lettered 2 years in basketball – including the 1954 season when the Wasps won the Smoky Mountain Conference Championship – and lettered four years in baseball and football, serving as captain of both teams during his senior seasons.  In 1959, Buchanan’s senior year, he was voted “Mr. Football” by the Emory & Henry student body.

Buchanan interrupted his college education to serve in the United States Army from 1955-57.  He later earned a master’s degree from Radford College and served as principal of Glade Elementary School in Glade Spring, Virginia. Prior to becoming principal of Glade Elementary, he coached football, basketball, and baseball at Patrick Henry High School.

Buchanan was very involved in his local community.  His civic activities included commissioner of the Appalachian District Boy Scouts, deacon of Old Glade Presbyterian Church, life membership in the Virginia Parent-Teacher Association, a tenure as president of the Lions Club, and coaching and administration of Little League baseball and Little League football.

Richard Buchanan was born on August 4, 1933 and passed away on March 5, 2012 at the age of 78.