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.
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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.