Physician, Former Texas Tech Administrator Receives Honorary Degree and Citation

Written by Michael Castellon

Date: March 7, 2006
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LUBBOCK – Longtime physician and former Texas Tech administrator Dr. John A. Buesseler of Lubbock Tuesday received an honorary degree and citation from the Rawls College of Business. He was honored at a luncheon ceremony hosted by the college.

A medical doctor, Buesseler served as vice president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and founding dean of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He was instrumental in the development of the University Medical Center and was founding board member of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University.

His vision of combining business and medicine led to the master’s of business administration and the Program in Health Organization Management, a joint program between the School of Medicine and the Rawls College of Business.

“It’s rare that we have someone come into our lives as dedicated to serving his community and his country as Dr. Buesseler,” said Allen McInnes, dean of the Rawls College of Business. “Today is about honoring someone with whom we are very grateful to serve.”

Accompanying Dr. Buesseler at the luncheon was his wife, Cathryn Anne Buesseler, who has served as a faculty member in the Texas Tech College of Mass Communications, where a Distinguished Lectureship series bears her name.

Buesseler, an active duty veteran of World War II and Korea, served as a Green Beret in Vietnam. He played a major role in improving helicopter air medical services in Vietnam, implementing techniques that are now models for the development of air ambulance programs throughout the United States. He was founding chairman of the Texas Aviation History Foundation and the driving force behind the relocation of the Silent Wings Museum to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

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