2014 UW Honorary Citation Report – Buerki

Citation recipient Robert Buerki with Dean Steve Swanson

Citation recipient Robert Buerki(left) with Dean Steve Swanson (right)

Pharmacy educator Robert A. Buerki retired as a full professor in 2011 after 46 years of service at the College of Pharmacy at the Ohio State University. Buerki received his BS degree in pharmacy in 1963 and his MS degree in social studies of pharmacy in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his PhD in adult education and educational development with a minor in history of science in 1972 from the Ohio State University, and his MA in public history in 1988 from Wright State University. Dr. Buerki has made contributions to the broader field of pharmacy through his research, teaching, and service, authoring over 100 articles, book chapters, and books on various aspects of professional ethics and the history of pharmaceutical education. He is a recipient of the National Rho Chi Society Distinguished Service Award (1972, 1978), the Certificate of Commendation from the AIHP (1987), and the AACP Section of Continuing Professional Education’s William L. Blockstein Award for sustained contributions to continuing pharmaceutical education (2000). He received the AIHP Edward Kremers Award for distinguished pharmaco-historical writing by an American (2004), and the Edmund D. Pellegrino Medal for his contributions to health-care ethics (2006). In 2003, Dr. Buerki was inducted into the International Academy of the History of Pharmacy.