In memorium: Renowned U of M alumnus Dr. Elsworth Buskirk
Dr. Elsworth Buskirk, pioneering exercise physiologist and U of M graduate, died Sunday, March 31, at the age of 85. After receiving his M.A. in Physical Education and Physiological Hygiene from the U of M in 1951, Dr. Buskirk entered the U's Physiological Hygiene Ph.D. program. As a graduate student, he was appointed laboratory and teaching assistant in the renowned Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene under the leadership of Dr. Ancel Keys. Dr. Buskirk was the first Ph.D. student of Dr. Henry L. Taylor, internationally prominent exercise physiologist.Throughout his career, Dr. Buskirk did research in many different areas of applied physiology and human nutrition, including a brief period in which he studied the physiological effects of high altitude on athletes. Dr. Buskirk was a close friend and associate of Dr. Arthur Leon, School of Kinesiology's Henry R. Taylor Professor of Exercise Science and director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science.