“It is with great sorrow that I inform you of the death of Dr. Ellsworth (Buster) Alvord, a beloved colleague, friend, teacher and mentor. Buster received his M.D. from Cornell University in 1946, trained in Pathology and Neurology at New York Hospital, Walter Reed Hospital and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and from 1953 to 1955 was Chief of the Neuropathology Section of the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Blindness. From 1955 to 1960 he was an Associate Professor of Pathology and Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. He joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington in 1960 as an Associate Professor, was promoted to Professor in 1962, and became an Emeritus Professor in 2002. In addition to the Pathology appointment, Buster had an adjunct appointment in Neurological Surgery.
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Buster was the founder of Neuropathology at UW, and was not only a pioneer, but also had an active involvement on research, teaching and service activities in neuropathology for almost 50 years. ”