Ewald W. Busse Oral History Interviews, April 4, 2003 & December 10, 2003

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Busse, Ewald W., Busse, Ewald W., and Duke University. Medical Center. Archives.

Ewald W. Busse was a early leader in the field of geriatric psychiatry and a founder of the Center for Aging and Human Development, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry and Dean Emeritus of Medical and Allied Health Education at Duke University.

Contains audiotapes and transcript of an oral history interview. Major subjects in this interview include longitudinal studies of aging, electroencephalography, geriatrics, time spent in South America, work done for the United States Navy, aging, and the University of Colorado. The interview was conducted in 2003 by Jessica Roseberry.

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Contains audiotapes and transcript of oral history interview with Ewald W. Busse, professor emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University.

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Ewald W. Busse was born in St. Louis, Mo. in 1917. He received a B.A. degree from Westminster College (Pa.), an M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1942, and was awarded an Sc.D. degree from Westminster College in 1960. He obtained his psychiatric training at the University of Colorado Medical Center. In 1953, Busse joined Duke University as chair of the Department of Psychiatry, a position he held until 1974. In 1965 he was named J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry. Busse was also dean of Medical and Allied Health Education at Duke University from 1974-1982. Busse was the founding director of Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, from 1957-1970. His research and professional awards include the Edward B. Allen Award, 1967; the Strecker Award, 1967; the Kleemeier Award, 1968; the Menninger Award, 1971; the Modern Medicine Award, 1972; the Freeman Award, 1978; the Thewlis Award, 1979; the Brookdale Award, 1982; and the Sandoz Award, 1983. He is among those listed Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, and he was part of the President's Biomedical Research Panel from 1957-1977. Busse served as chair of the Advisory Committee on Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Veterans Administration, and as president of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Geriatrics Society, the Gerontological Society of America, the American Association of Departments of Psychiatry, the Southern Pacific Association, and the Southeastern Medical Dental Society. He was a member of the Academy of Sciences and the director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Busse authored or coauthored over 200 scientific articles and edited several books including Behavior and Adaptation in Late Life, Mental Illness in Later Life, and The Handbook of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Busse died in 2004.

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Acquired; 2003.
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Processed by Jessica Roseberry, May 2003 Encoded by Emily Glenn, June 2004 Revised by Dawne Howard Lucas, August 2007

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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[Identification of item], Ewald W. Busse Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.