Service and memorial for Bill Buchanan

Substance and others have been informed that those who wish to commemorate the memory of Bill Buchanan can do so in several ways. We will stream a story here at every two days from now until the end of the memorial service, dedicated to his life and work as a teacher. If you worked with Bill, as many Substance readers did, please send us your memories and photographs, especially JPGs of classroom and school work and we will share them here.

Bill Buchanan speaks to the Board of Education meeting on June 23, 2010, while Jose Alvarez looks on. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.Here are the plans for the memorials:

The Memorial Service For Bill will be:

Saturday, November 20, 2010 - at 10:00 AM

Alice Millar Chapel of Northwestern University

1870 Sheridan Road

Evanston, Il 60208

There will be a light lunch following

Gathering in the Tradition of Shiva

4-7 PM Monday-Thursday at the Buchanan-Ruder Home

735 Wesley

Evanston, Illinois 60202

A more detailed invitation will be e-mailed shortly.

Substance reporter and Chicago Teachers Union field rep John Kugler has also shared the following video for readers to hear some of Bill's words as we share the loss:

The full five verses of the union song "Solidarity Forever" sung by Pete Seeger can be found at

Maybe they should all be sung at every meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union. What do you think?

Thanks to our readers who are beginning to share their memories of Bill with the rest of us, here and elsewhere. 


November 24, 2010 at 9:18 PM

By: John Whitfield

Bill Buchanan, "presente"

I know some of you knew "companero" professor Perry Sanders who passed away last week, a dedicated man with principles to spare, as one of you put it so well. Perry was on the GDC (General Defense Committee) of the IWW when he resided in Chicago, along with the legendary Carlos Cortez.

Yes, "Solidarity Forever" at the house meetings. Lets sing it !

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