Goodbye, Bux.


It is with great regret that I must inform OTB readers that my (and everyone’s) friend, Robert Buxbaum, known to all as “Bux”, passed away yesterday on January 18, 2007 after suffering a year-long and very difficult battle with esophageal cancer.

Robert was a unique individual, with many friends, and an altogether classy guy and a true “mensch” in every sense of the word. As a founding affiliate member and manager at eGullet.com, he brought his tremendous expertise in fine dining literally to the table, which came from his years of travelling with his beloved wife, Esilda, to France, Spain and other parts of the globe. He was opinionated and always let you know what he thought, didn’t settle for anything but the best, and was highly respected by many restaurateurs and world-class chefs for his discerning taste.

Bux’s service will be on Sunday, January 21. Hopefully I’ll see a bunch of you there so we can all toast to him.

Goodbye, Bux. We love you.

Please send condolences to:

esilda@verizon.net

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, that you send a donation in the name of Robert Buxbaum to Citymeals-on-Wheels.

The following is his official obituary written by his family:

Robert Buxbaum, known as Bux, sculptor and gourmand, died on Thursday, January 18 from complications of cancer. He was sixty-seven years old. He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Esilda; daughter, Rica Allannic; son-in-law, Cyrille; grandson, Adrian; sister, Elaine Cousins; and niece, Monica Noraian.

After studying architecture at Cornell University, Buxbaum, born and raised in Brooklyn, having attended Erasmus Hall High School, returned to New York City as a sculpture assistant to artist and architect Frederick Kiesler, who is known for his design of the Endless House, The World House Gallery in New York City, and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Buxbaum would later name his daughter, Frederika (Rica), after his mentor. As an architect with the firm Davis, Brody & Associates, he worked on plans for the revolutionary U.S. Pavilion at the 1970 World Expo in Osaka, Japan. After a ten-year career in architecture, he turned his attention to art and was a pioneer of the SoHo artist movement, moving to an industrial loft in the neighborhood in 1970. His minimalist sculptures and line drawings were exhibited at galleries such as O.K. Harris, Warren Benedek, and 55 Mercer and his pieces are owned by private and corporate collections including Chase Manhattan Bank, Xerox, and Owens Corning.

One of the original founders of the food forum egullet.com, he was passionate about cooking, food, wine, France, and Spain and wrote about his meals and travels on his website, worldtable.com.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday.

17 Responses to Goodbye, Bux.

  1. =R= says:

    Goodbye, Bux. We’ll miss you.

  2. Robert Rymarz says:

    Even though I never had the privilege of meeting Bux in person. We shared many emails and I felt like I knew him.

    My heartfelt condolences to the family.
    Goodbye my friend.

  3. joeytomatoes says:

    Sorry, the great ones pass away too soon.

  4. Jon says:

    God bless Bux. I will miss him greatly.

  5. SamanthaF says:

    RIP Bux.

    Will raise a toast to you.

  6. Nopisto says:

    Good elegy and nice picture Jason.

    Bux was my godfather at eG and have had unforgetable meals together, I’ll miss him even if we didn’t talk much lately.

    Rest in peace.

  7. Randi says:

    I never met him, nor emailed with him, but I read many of his posts on Eg. He will be missed by many. RIP Bux!!

  8. spamwise says:

    Oh no, I’m so sorry.

    The last time I saw him was a few months ago while lunching at Chinatown Brasserie. I hadn’t seen him in a while and he seemed fine.

    My heartfelt condolences to Esilda and her family.

    S.

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  10. Wendy DeBord says:

    I’m so sorry to learn of Bux passing. Thank-you for sharing this information Jason.

    W.

  11. BronxBrinerGal says:

    Wow. I was just reminiscing about Bux the other day, wondering how he was. I had the privelage of getting to know him offline a little bit through another organization in NYC, and found it funny that I kept running into him online in various food blogs and sites. God bless his memory, and my condolences to his family.

  12. Rebecca263 says:

    My deepest condolences to everyone of Bux’s friends and family. He was erudite, knowledgable and kind whenever I encountered him on eGullet. He contributed good things to this world.
    Rebecca263

  13. The next few lines were meant to be published on another site. They did not appear there because there was also another paragraph about Bux and that site that was not approved. But I’d still like the rest of my message to appear on Jason’s blog:

    “We first met and discussed all things human and divine right on this board, and then it was long e-mails, and then those great moments spent together at Blue Hill in Manhattan or at Asturianos in Madrid, tasting and appreciating great food, sometimes refined modern stuff, sometimes a simple plate of beans. Bux was an exceptional example of a trans-Atlantic sensitivity to culture and food, perfectly complemented by the spark that Esilda always was at his side. We met late in life, but it was as if we’d known each other forever.

    I learned much from him, and I admired the enthusiasm and the keen grasp of things with which he attacked the wide subject of the Spanish culinary boom. He had known it tangentially, as a sideline to his longstanding dedication to France and French cuisine. But once he decided he needed to know more about it, it only took him two or three years to get to experience ( i.e. – first hand, all over Spain) all of its intricacies. He went to the Basque Country to discover cutting-edge developments, and to a remote village in Alicante to taste the best paella in the world.

    In brief: he saw, he tasted, he knew. Authoritatively so.”

  14. My deepest condolences

  15. […] or “Bux” as everyone knew him, succumbed to cancer early this year. Esilda, who has over 40 years of experience as a travel industry professional, and […]

  16. livinginbombay says:

    goodbye bux. you’ll be missed.

  17. Goddammit – I often wake up in the morning wishing I could pick Bux’s brain, or argue with him about Paris restos. Still. Miss you, Bux.

    – M

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