BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany community will offer a drive-by farewell Friday to a longtime biology professor and his wife ahead of their move to Colorado.

Dr. Albert "Jay" BuckelewProfessor emeritus Dr. Albert “Jay” Buckelew taught biology at Bethany for 42 years before retiring in June 2011. During his career, he served as department chair and faculty adviser for Phi Kappa Tau. In retirement, he also served as the secretary of the Bethany Sanitation Committee.

His wife, Susan, worked as a library assistant for 20 years at the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library.

Well-wishers are invited to drive by their 111 Logan Court home at 4:30 Friday. The couple will leave Saturday for Colorado. Cards and balloons are welcome.

Dr. Buckelew co-directed the first West Virginia breeding bird atlas project and often guided aviary walks for Bethany students.

He was a past president of the Brooks Bird Club and served as the editor for the club’s journal, The Redstart.

A path in the Bethany College Trail System is named in his honor.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.