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Peter Buck (restaurateur)

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Spouse(s)  Carmen Lucia
Organizations founded  Subway
Net worth  2.6 billion USD (2015)
Role  Restaurateur
Name  Peter Buck

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Born  December 19, 1930 (age 84) (1930-12-19) South Portland, Maine, US
Alma mater  Bowdoin College (B.S., 1952) Columbia University (M.S; Ph.D., Physics) Bowdoin College (L.H.D., 2008, honorary)
Occupation  Businessman Co-founder of Subway
Residence  Danbury, Connecticut, United States
Education  Columbia University, Bowdoin College
Similar People  Fred DeLuca, Zev Siegl, Gordon Bowker, Glen Bell, Jerry Baldwin

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Peter Buck (born December 19, 1930) is an American physicist, restaurateur, and philanthropist. He co-founded the Subway fast food restaurant chain.


Early life and education

Buck was born in South Portland, Maine, in 1930 He was graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 1952. He then earned master’s and doctoral degrees in physics at Columbia University.


While working as a nuclear physicist for several companies from 1957 to 1978, Buck loaned partner and family friend Fred DeLuca $1,000 in 1965 and advised him to open a sandwich shop to help him pay for college at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They named the restaurant after Buck, calling it "Pete's Super Submarines". Together Buck and De Luca formed Doctor's Associates to oversee operations of the restaurants as the franchise expanded. Though neither the first nor the second restaurants were financial successes, they continued to expand their operations. By 1973, they had 16 locations throughout Connecticut and, in 1974, they began franchising out the restaurants. They also introduced Subway's current logo and changed the name of their operation from what was then "Pete's Subway" to "Subway Sandwiches".

Philanthropy, honors and awards

Among Buck's philanthropic works, he donated the Carmen Lúcia Ruby to the gem collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and gave a grant to Bowdoin College in 2009 that completed its capital campaign. Consequently, the college's new fitness center bears his name. In 2008, Bowdoin College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Personal life

Buck lives in Danbury, Connecticut. He was married to Carmen Lúcia, who died in 2003.


Peter Buck (restaurateur) Wikipedia