Much has been written about Dr. Peter Buck since his passing last week, a great deal of it rightfully focused on the tremendous success he saw as co-founder of Subway and his generosity as a philanthropist. His skill and good fortune as a businessman will be long remembered, but his legacy also includes significant contributions to science which will carry on well into the future.
Dr. Buck was a longstanding member of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Advisory Board. His relationship with our museum began with the gift of the extraordinary 23.1-carat Carmen Lúcia Ruby in honor of his late wife. The stunning piece is on display in the National Gem Collection, adjacent to the Hope Diamond. More recently, Dr. Buck donated the famed Uncle Sam Diamond, the largest diamond ever discovered in the United States.