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Windblown is a full life biography that capsulizes the life and legend of Doctor Richard S. Buker Junior, M.D. Buker practiced comprehensive family medicine in the small, relatively isolated town of Chester Montana for almost 50 years.
His informed and imaginative healthcare delivery services were courageous, remarkably successful and widely revered. He practiced during an era of tumultuous political, cultural and healthcare transitions. Many of these transformative times were witnessed and are scrutinized through the work of the pedantic doctor. His acquisition of knowledge and daring wilderness adventures are beyond compare.
Ultimately, he suffered losses and tragedies that are the common lot of all human beings. His life was an inspiration and tonic to an area and community of people who reside far away from public view. Richard Buker’s story offers insights that might help us reconsider our current healthcare system and better understand what matters in medicine. His life is memorialized because it is worthy of universal regard.
About Larry Halverson
Larry Halverson, M.D., is a retired Family Physician and Family Medicine Educator who resides in Springfield, Missouri.
In 1970, Halverson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana. He then attended the Oklahoma University Medical School during an era when Montana did not have any medical schools.
Halverson was awarded his M.D. degree in 1974. From 1974-1977, he served as a Resident Physician in one of the first U.S. Family Practice Residency Programs at the University of Missouri, Columbia. In 1977, Halverson also earned his Board Certification in Family Medicine.
After he left the University of Missouri to launch a new Family Medicine Residency, Halverson practiced in rural Aurora, Missouri from 1978-1987. He served as Program Director of the Cox Family Medicine Residency in Springfield, Missouri until 2008.
From there, Halverson stepped down to continue practicing, teaching, and find time to initiate and investigate novel approaches to foster improvements in community health. He retired from his active practicing, teaching, researching, and advocating for health delivery innovations in 2013.