A native of Brooklyn, Buddensick earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Pace University in Manhattan. She married her high school sweetheart, Thomas J. Buddensick, in 1974, and they settled in Staten Island.
Buddensick taught at Wagner College for 28 years and even served for a time as the College registrar. She helped Wagner launch its master’s in accounting program and the Wagner Plan undergraduate curriculum. She connected students with internship opportunities, served many years as director of the undergraduate business program, helped redesign the business curriculum, and was a key member of important faculty committees.
“Janice was a highly dedicated and brilliant teacher,” says fellow business professor Mary Lo Re. “Janice embodied our ‘learning by doing’ ethos and was always willing to experiment with different pedagogies to better reach her students. Her integrity and devotion to her students’ success earned her their respect and love. As a colleague, Janice was a superb collaborator in research, a true and dear friend, someone I could always count on. I will sorely miss her and her zest and passion for living.”
Her survivors include her husband, Thomas; her two children, Thomas Jr. and Julie; and two grandchildren.