Robert Meyer

Russell Gordon 'Buz' Meyer Sr.

Russell Gordon 'Buz' Meyer Sr.

Russell Gordon "Buz" Meyer Sr., a conservationist who converted his Woodwardville farm into a habitat for animals and plants that he opened to Scouting groups, 4-H clubs, church camps, schoolchildren and the Audubon Society, died there Sept. 1 of pancreatic cancer.

He was 80.

The son of farmers, Mr. Meyer, who dropped his given name and called himself "Buz" with one "z," was raised on his parents' farm, which his Swiss immigrant grandparents had established in 1899.

After graduating from Arundel High School in 1948, Mr. Meyer worked as an auto body repairman for Hill & Tibbits Ford in Washington, and then at Bauserman's...