David H. Buck 2008
David H. Buck
BS Technical Journalism ’64
When Dave Buck returned to his home community of Waterloo, Iowa, 33 years ago to run the family business, he brought a spirit of humanitarianism that has had far-reaching influence and brought honor to his community and alma mater.
As president and CEO of Matt Parrott & Sons Company, Buck created the Matt Parrott Integrity Awards to recognize outstanding Iowans. The prestigious award honors people in private business, education, and the public sector who exhibit high moral and ethical standards.
Buck helped establish the Rotary shoebox program in 2001 to help the children of the dump in Chinandega in the north of Nicaragua. Since then, 190 tons of material has been delivered to thousands of children. The campaign has spread to Rotary clubs in eight states and Canada. Hundreds of Rotarians have joined to break the cycle of poverty in the second poorest country in the western hemisphere.
A recent retiree, Buck has long been active with a variety of organizations such as Rotary, Junior Achievement, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, the Russell House and Grout Museums, Cancer Crusade, Boy Scouts, KUNI radio, the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Northstar, and countless others. A past recipient of the ISU Alumni Association’s Service Key Award, Buck is an annual member of the Association. He and his wife, Ruth, have two sons.