"David’s commitment to teaching was constant, unwavering, inspiring. Students relied upon David’s presence in Visual Studies for his advice, for his compassion, for his direction, and as a catalyst for their creative ideas. David was continually excited by new ideas for his courses. When he left work, it was frequently to go home to work on his courses.

David was also a central force in the creation of the Visual Studies undergraduate program, and again as we commenced work on developing a graduate program. As undergraduate coordinator during the transition from Fine Art Studio to Visual Studies, David’s strength and determination to create a program of lasting significance were models for everyone. Throughout that entire, often difficult, process, David somehow maintained both his vision and his sense of humor."

Remarks made by Professor Colin Campbell (1942-2001), past Director of Visual Studies, at the Memorial Service held for Professor Buller at Hart House in February 2001.