Douglas Merele Buchwalter 74, of Largo Florida passed away on April 29, 2013. He was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from Ohio State University in 1960 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. His academic honors included Phi Beta Kappa and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in 1967 and in the State of Florida in 1977 and the United States District Court Middle District of the State of Florida in 1979. Doug was a true citizen of the world. His employment experience included positions with the United States Department of Education in 1966 and 1967, the Peace Corps in Thailand, an English teacher for primary school through universities from 1967 to 1970, the FUKUI Prefecture Board of Education in Japan and as an English teacher and teacher trainer from 1970 to 1973. His civic activities include being a member of the Palm Harbor Sertoma Club, a member of the board of directors for the Clearwater Boys and Girls Club from 1994 to 1996. He was an expert in wills and trusts and spoke to various groups and associations with Raymond James and Smith Barney, Inc. He was a prolific, avid reader and book collector. He was in sole practice in downtown Clearwater since 1980. His love of books was exceeded only by his love of humanity. He had a bright and sunny disposition, he had an uncanny ability to laugh at the difficulties in life. He was the sole surviving son of Merle and Martha Buchwalter. He loved the Orient especially Thailand, its people and customs. His years in the Peace Corps left an indelible mark on his life and re-enforced his love for humanity. He was a kind, considerate and gentle soul who was almost unequally brilliant. He will be sorely missed by his friends both within and outside the legal community and by all the people whose lives he touched. If he touched a persons life, he made it better. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Moss Feaster Funeral Home Serenity Gardens Chapel in Largo FL.