Dr. Thomas Allen Buzard

DR. THOMAS ALLEN BUZARD, 1932-2019

Thomas Allen Buzard, MD, FACS of Princeton, NJ passed away peacefully at the age of 86, on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Tom was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 1, 1932 and was a native of Brookline, City of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Dormont High School in 1950. He enrolled at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, telling his father that he wanted to attend college there upon first sight, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1954. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.  In 2004, he received his alma mater's highest honor – The Service to Humanity Award.

Tom wanted to be a doctor at any early age, so he could care for others. He graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in 1958, completed his internship at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA in 1959, and completed his residency in General Surgery at Temple University Medical Center in 1963. 

While a Resident at Temple, he met Betty Powers, a Temple nursing student. They were married in March of 1963, and resided in Green Tree, PA briefly prior to Tom accepting an opportunity to be on the staff at Helene Fuld Hospital in Trenton, NJ, now the Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Buzard shared his professional talents with dignity and humility throughout his career.  In addition to running his private surgical practice, he served as both Vice President and President of the Medical Staff over a four-year period, was Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Surgery Department for three terms each, was Chief of Surgery for three terms, was the founding Director of Trauma Surgery which he served for five years, and was Chairman and member of multiple Board Committees.   As the inaugural Director of Trauma Surgery, Dr. Buzard took great pride in helping to build the hospital system’s first Trauma Program, which is flourishing today.

Tom was a nurturing, always-providing husband, father and grandfather. A resident of Princeton since 1968, he was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. He was a member of the Springdale Golf Club, and was a faithful member of Nassau Presbyterian Church for 48 years where he served on the Session and was Chair of the Finance Committee.  Tom savored travel and enjoyed annual summer visits to his beloved Stone Harbor, NJ with his family.

His greatest joy was his family with whom he shared many happy memories together. Dr. Buzard is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Betty Powers Buzard; his three children, Thomas Buzard Jr. and wife Arlene of Franklin Park, PA; Lisa Vande Yacht and husband Troy of Milwaukee, WI; and Robert Buzard and wife Karen of Newport, RI; and seven grandchildren, Audrey, Elaine and Mark Buzard; Mason and Connor Vande Yacht, and Thomas John (T.J.) and William Buzard. 

A Memorial Visitation will be held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ on Thursday, June 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.   A Memorial Service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ on Friday, June 21st at 11:00am with a reception at 12:00 p.m.  All are welcome.

Many heartfelt thanks to the physicians, administrative leaders and staff at Capital Health Regional Medical Center for their wonderful loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Capital Health System (www.capitalhealth.org/donate) and/or Arm in Arm, who help feed, shelter and employ people of Trenton, NJ. (www.arminarm.org)