On July 13, Lori Ann Post, PhD, was formally invested as the Buehler Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. At a ceremony held at The Peninsula Chicago, members of the Buehler family, whose gift created this prestigious academic position, joined Dr. Post and her family, faculty colleagues, and Northwestern leadership to celebrate.
The Buehler Professorship in Geriatric Medicine was created by the Buehler Family Foundation with the purpose of improving the quality of both life and care for senior citizens. The Buehler Family Foundation was established by the Buehler family and has supported healthcare and related organizations throughout Chicagoland and nationwide.
“On behalf of my entire family and the Buehler Family Foundation, we are honored to be here,” said A.C. Buehler III. “Our relationship with Northwestern goes back a long time, and we are happy to play this role.” Mr. Buehler was joined by his daughter Beth at the event. John Buehler, his brother, came with his children Molly, Jack, and Thomas.
“This most generous gift from the Buehler family makes this evening possible,” said James G. Adams, MD, professor and chair of the Davee Department of Emergency Medicine and senior vice president and chief medical officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. “We are very grateful, and particularly delighted that this great honor is being bestowed on Dr. Post,” said Dr. Adams, who served as the evening’s emcee.
The Buehler-Northwestern Partnership
In addition to this professorship, the Buehler Family Foundation provided major funding for the Buehler Center on Aging, Health, and Society at Feinberg, which is now the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics. A.C. and John Buehler’s parents, Albert C. Buehler Jr. and Patricia Buehler, served as co-presidents on the Center’s board. The Buehler Center conducts research in geriatrics and gerontology and specializes in education and healthcare for aging individuals and their caretakers.
The Buehler Family Foundation has provided additional support in a variety of ways to Northwestern—where Patricia earned her bachelor of science in communication in 1953 and later served as a life trustee—including the endowment of professorships and scholarships, the construction of a sports medicine facility at Ryan Field, and grants to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern Memorial Hospital for numerous equipment and technology upgrades.
Albert C. Buehler Jr. passed away in 2004, and Patricia passed in 2015.
During his remarks, A.C. Buehler quoted his father: “We are investing in our own future—these types of gifts will help both our own future lives and the needs of our aging society.”
An Impressive and Dedicated Career
“As a caring mentor and leader, Dr. Post will take the Buehler Center and Northwestern to the pinnacle of academic and policy excellence,” said James F. Oehmke, PhD, Dr. Post’s extoller. Dr. Oehmke is professor emeritus at Michigan State University and the senior food security and nutrition policy adviser at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Dr. Post will serve as the inaugural director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern. She has worked on communication techniques and theories to develop a line of research in public and political will. Currently, she is working globally on USAID-funded food security and conflict in the 21 poorest countries in the world, and has numerous collaborations underway with the World Bank, the United Nations, embassies, the US military, and government ministers worldwide. Dr. Post has developed a strong global network of academic colleagues in order to end harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation, widow cleansing, and child brides. Her research awards have exceeded $30 million in federal, state, and foundation grants.
“I applaud Northwestern, the medical school, and the Buehler family for providing this most empowering environment and incredible backing for Dr. Post to continue her important work,” said Dr. Oehmke.
“My dream has been to work across a university to stimulate research and bring people together to collaborate,” said Dr. Post. “Thank you all for making this dream a reality.”