Warren Buitendorp ’57
Warren Roger Buitendorp, 86, of Berlin, MD peacefully passed away on May 13, 2021, right after a gorgeous sunset. He was with family, who will miss him, under the care of Coastal Hospice. After a very sudden and unexpected return of cancer, he moved to be with his family and even up until his last days, he fought to live his life with purpose. Warren was born March 28, 1935, in Albany NY, to Rev. William R and Jeannette V Buitendorp. He was a graduate of Middleburgh High School (NY). He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College in MI (1957) where his father also graduated 30 years prior (1927). There, he began gravitating even more towards literature and writing with being Editor-In-Chief for the college paper, The Anchor. He then went on to attend University of Pennsylvania to begin his graduate studies and graduated in 1962 from The University of Rochester with a Masters of Arts in English. After a couple short teaching assignments, he settled the family in Germantown, Maryland and was a Professor of English at Montgomery College from 1967 to 1998. Upon retiring from MC, he then taught at Towson University and John Hopkins. Known as a tough but fair teacher, he was proud of how many students’ lives he touched and helped. Warren was also famous for thinking of friends and family when seeing a newspaper or magazine article and clipping it to send out to share. Many may still have those clippings. He kept a small group of friends, many who were friends for decades. Warren was often seen as an eccentric introvert. He wasn’t a very public-type person and would maybe be mad he has an obituary written about him. But those closest to him, knew his personality and loved him. He was proud of his children, but more so he was fiercely proud of his grandchildren and was especially looking forward to seeing how his grandsons progressed through life. He was taken too fast and too early for him to fulfill that dream and left some other things unfinished for others to complete in his honor. Warren is survived by his daughter, Jeannie (Dave) Betten and sons, Bill (Sue) Buitendorp and David (Shari) Buitendorp; four grandsons, Sean Buitendorp, Ben (Nicole) Buitendorp, James ‘Jeb’ Buitendorp and Jon Buitendorp. He was preceded in death by parents, Bill and Jeannette Buitendorp and brother, Jerald (Jerry) Buitendorp. He also left a special friend, who was a part of his life, and the family, for many years. A family celebration of life will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Warren’s memory to Coastal Hospice (who helped take incredible care of him in his last ten days of his life to allow his peaceful passing) or a cancer charity of choice.