Theresa Robinson Buck

Theresa Robinson Buck


Theresa (“Teddy”) Robinson Buck was born May 1912 in Meriden, Connecticut, daughter of Dr. Charles and Mrs. Eunice Buck.  She attended Rollins College in Florida and then Bates College in Maine, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1934.  She then underwent nurses training at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing, Boston, becoming an RN in 1937.

Miss Buck was subsequently commissioned as a missionary with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) and set off to serve at Mount Selinda Mission in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), arriving 1938.  With the exception of a three-year furlough during World War II, she would spend the rest of her life in Zimbabwe.

Miss Buck served initially at the Mount Selinda Hospital, eventually becoming “Sister-in-charge (chief administrator).   She became teacher of nursing in 1948.   In 1960, she transferred to Chikore Mission where she also served as “Sister-in-charge.”  She died at Chikore in 1964 of cancer at the age of 52.  The Chikore Hospital was later renamed “Sister Buck Memorial Hospital” in her honor.  Miss Buck is interred at Chikore Mission.


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