Dr. Carol Buck


Obituary for Dr. Carol Buck 1925 - 2004
Published in the Western News, 2004


A memorial service was held May 11 for Dr. Carol Buck, professor emerita in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, who died April 29 at age 79.

Buck received her MD in 1947 and PhD in 1950, both from Western. She then studied as a "Rockefeller Scholar" at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she received a Diploma in Public Health.

She was a faculty member at Western since 1952, being named to emerita status upon her retirement in 1990. She served as Chair of the department from 1967 to 1977, at which time the department was named the Department of Community Medicine (until 1972) and then the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.

Throughout her career, her work demonstrated a passionate commitment to advancing the health of people by identifying and correcting causes and determinants of ill-health, using the rigorous methods of epidemiology toward this end. She was an international leader in the discipline.

For many years, when epidemiologists around the world thought of Canada, they thought of Carol Buck. She authored more than 90 original scientific articles and many book chapters. She was a former President of the International Epidemiological Association, a member of the Pan American Health Organization's advisory committee on medical research an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Epidemiology and a member of federal and provincial health groups.

"Carol's colleagues and former students respected her amazing clarity of thought and communication," says Dr. Karen Campbell, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics. "She was a gifted teacher who had a significant impact on many graduate students, medical students and colleagues."

Buck is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dr Robert Buck, her daughter Lucy and her grandson Alexander Buck Andrews. Her daughter Effie (Alexander's mother) died in 1993.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a fund her colleagues established in her memory: Carol Buck Graduate Scholarship in Epidemiology, Foundation Western, Suite 110, Westminster Hall, The University of Western Ontario.


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