Full name: Raymond Bates "Ray" Buker, Sr.
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: August 27, 1899 in Foster, Rhode Island, United States
Died: June 3, 1992 in Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Illinois Athletic Club, Chicago (USA)
Country: United States
Ray Buker won the AAU mile in 1924-25. In 1923, he competed on an Illinois AC 4xmile relay team that bettered the world record. Buker also won the 2-mile race at the 1921 Penn Relays. He attended Bates College in Maine.
Buker was the son of the Reverend Fred Buker Maine, and Ray also opted for a religious life, leaving sports to do missionary work in Bolivia, after doing additional study in theology at Boston University. He later did missionary work in Burma (Myanmar) in 1942, and it was thought he was killed by invading Japanese forces; however, he had actually escaped on one of the last planes to leave for India. Buker later worked for the Conservative Baptist Foreign Missionary Society.
Personal Bests: 1500 â 3:55.8 (1924); 2 miles â 9:43.0 (1921).
|1924 Summer||24||Paris||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||United States||USA||5|
|1924 Summer||24||Paris||Athletics||United States||Final||5||3:58.6|
|1924 Summer||24||Paris||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Five||2||QU||4:12.8|