Drexel dedicates field to beneficent aulumn
Issue date: 10/7/05 Section: Sports
Athletic Director Eric Zillmer was one of many Drexel dignitaries in attendance. Zillmer thanked Buckley and his wife, Marlene, on behalf of the Athletic Department and presented him with a framed picture of the new, artificial-turf Buckley Field.
"Buckley moves Earth and is greater than life," Zillmer said. "He's as happy as I am when I see the sun setting and kids playing."
Buckley graduated from Drexel in 1958 with a degree in civil engineering. He was inducted into the Drexel Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972 as a two-sport athlete. He played baseball, but he is more revered for his accomplishments as a basketball player. He held numerous school records when he graduated, including single-season and career-scoring records. He was named to Drexel's All-Millennium Team in 2000 and was selected as Drexel's Legend by the Colonial Athletic Association in 2003.
Not only did Buckley excel at sports, but he was also named Person of the Year by the American Society of Highway Engineers. Buckley was also a member of the Drexel Board of Trustees.