Windblown is a full-life biography that capsulizes the life and legend of Dr. Richard S. Buker Jr., MD. 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 simultaneously amazing and perplexing. 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 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.
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About Larry Halverson
Larry Halverson, MD, is a retired family physician and family medicine educator. He first met Dr. Buker in 1954 when the Bukers moved into the small town of Chester, Montana, and enrolled their daughters in the only grade school.
Dr. Buker inspired, encouraged, and assisted Larry’s pursuit of a long and gratifying career in family medicine. Halverson now lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his wife, Martee Robinson. He passes time golfing, playing bridge, gardening, traveling, reading, and writing. Martee and Larry have four children and seven grandchildren who supply them with daily doses of joy and hope.