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“Dear Chip and all family, I used to work with Deb (THSN) but unfortunately have not kept in touch the last few years. I am so sorry for your loss...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Szor - Toledo, OH

“Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in loss of Debra. As a faculty member in UT College of Nursing, I had the opportunity to work with Debra on...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Mira Lessick - Toledo, OH

“Dear Mr. Buchman and David, I am saddened to hear of Mrs. Buchman's passing. I will always remember her being sweet to me. I am very sorry for your...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Timothy Allen - Sylvania, OH

“Dear Chip and David, I was blessed to know Deb many years ago when we worked in the Quality Department at MCO together - she was not only a brilliant...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Gaye Martin - Maumee, OH

“Although we know Deb is in a better place, the world has lost a wonderful person. She will be missed by all of us. You are in my prayers. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Jeanne McDonagh - Saline, MI

“Dear Chip and David, I have just learned of Debbie's passing. Unfortunatly with so much time and distance between us I was not aware of her struggle...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Sue Knoop - Indianapolis, IN

“Deb was a wonderful colleague and a pleasure to work with. She would have done so much more, but it can truly be said that her work made a positive...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Bob Blumenthal - Toledo, OH

“Dear Chip & Family, I’m sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Jenny Wismer, Silbond Corp. - MI

“I am so sorry for your loss and you both will be in my prayers. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Mike Amrhein - Mt Pleasant, MI

“Dear Chip, David, Lucille, Bill, and Lauren.....The world has lost a beautiful saint, but the angels are rejoicing in heaven as they welcome her home...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Lou Miller - Ooltewah, TN

“To the Buchman Family I am so sorry for your loss. Deb was a wonderful person, nurse and teacher. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Kimberly Cole - Sylvania, OH

“Dear Chip, We were so sorry to learn of Debbie's death and want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and to David. We are keeping you in our...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Dr. Dwight & Carolyn Klump - CA

“To The Buchman Family, I am so sorry about your loss of such a wonderful, supportive, and very intelligent person. I just finished a course with...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Toth - Great Falls, MT

“To Dr. Buchman's family, I am so sorry to hear of Debra's death. I just completed a course with her towards my doctorate in nursing. I learned...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Virginia Hallenbeck - Newark, OH

“Please accept my sincere sympathy at Deb's passing. She was a favorite instructor of mine as I finished my BSN at the University of Toledo/Medical...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Jackie Sheffield - LaGrange, KY

“Dear Chip and Family: On behalf of the Board and Members of the Northwest Ohio Nurses' Association (NONA) please accept our condolences on the death...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Deborah Vargo - Toledo, OH

“Dear Chip and family, We read in the paper today of Debbie's death and are so very sorry for your loss. She certainly accomplished much in her life...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Al & Diane VanLoocke - Blissfield, MI


Buchman Debra Dianne Debra Dianne Buchman, age 58, died of cancer on January 22, 2010. She was born on July 12, 1951 to Lucille (Baldwin) and William Path. She graduated from Bowsher High School and the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing. She began her nursing career in the Operating Room at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude, from Indiana State University and taught nursing there for one year. She married William "Chip" Buchman, the love of her life, on May 10, 1975. She taught nursing at Toledo Hospital before earning a Master's Degree in Nursing with a Geriatric Specialty from the University of Michigan. She was inducted into the UM Rho Chapter of the International Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau. She began teaching at what was then the Medical College of Ohio School of Nursing. She went on to earn a PhD in Education Research and Measurement from the University of Toledo and worked in the Quality Management Department at Medical College of Ohio Hospital before returning to teaching and research as a biostatistician. Debra received Dean's Awards for both Teaching and Research. She was Professor and Director of the Center for Nursing Research and Evaluation at the UT College of Nursing and taught in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. While working as a graduate assistant at UT in 1990, Debra was fortunate to meet Jeanne Brockmyer (Funk) who served as her mentor and research partner for more than twenty years. Together, they published a number of articles and made national and international presentations about the effect of violent video games on children's self esteem and empathy. Debra also had research interests in patient safety and reducing errors in healthcare settings. Debra was a member of the Ohio and American Nurses Association, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She served on the Advisory Boards for the UT Center for Successful Aging and the Resident Services Board for Sunset Communities. She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Sylvania and a facilitator for the Cancer Prayer Support Group where she worked with the Comfort Blanket Ministry, and served on the Health Cabinet as advisor to the Parish Nurse Program. Debra enjoyed playing golf at Myrtle Beach, SC and Fairfield Glade, TN with longtime friends Mark and Jane Maley. She was a past member of Lenawee Country Club in Adrian, MI and Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania. She loved to read and create beautiful counted cross stitch samplers for friends and family. Debra wanted to be remembered as a kind and loving person who always tried to do her best and was grateful for the many blessings in her life. She is survived by her husband of thirty-five years, Chip; son David; parents; sister Lauren; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends and colleagues who supported her in so many ways during her final illness. Special thanks to Cheryl Gies, Kay Korthuis, Jo Schwartzberg, Jeanne Brockmyer, Sue Cutshall, Father Ron Schock and the members of the Cancer Prayer Support Group. Also thanks to the faculty of the College of Nursing, Dean Timothy Gaspar and former Dean Jeri Milstead who could not have been kinder. Debra's family is especially grateful for the compassionate care provided by medical and nursing staff of UTMC and Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Visitation will be Monday from 2-8:00pm with a 7:00pm Scripture Service at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.). A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 5373 Main St., Sylvania, OH 43560 with interment following at Toledo Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to The Heart to Heart Program (University of Toledo College of Nursing) or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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