Walter F. Buckley, Professor of Sociology at UNH from 1971 to 1985, born in Lynn Mass., died at home in Durham, NH on January 27 at age 84. A Renaissance man, reading in related sciences, he was a pioneer in social systems theory and influenced social theory developments in sociology and the other social sciences, particularly in Europe (through his influence on Margaret Archer, Thomas Baumgartner, Tom R. Burns, Philippe Deville, and Felix Geyer, among others).
He was elected the honorary chair of the Research Committee on Sociocybernetics of the International Sociologal Association in August, 1998 in Montreal.
His three major contributions have challenged generally accepted views of our society and theories about it:
He was also a cool interpreter of early jazz when playing his tenor sax, performing at an occasion as late as August, 2005, in Durham, New Hampshire.
When despair for the world grows in me
|Walter Buckley Memorial Award|