The Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project

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Knute Buehler Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Janice Dilg.

August 2014 - August 2015


“OSU's First Rhodes Scholar”  August 4, 2014  Location: Buehler campaign quarters, Bend, Oregon.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In interview 1, Buehler reflects upon his roots as an Oregonian and his undergraduate experience at Oregon State University. In particular, Buehler discusses his academic experience - including two influential professors - his participation on the OSU baseball team, his hangouts, and campus jobs that he held. From there he notes his time at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his experiences as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

The remainder of the session is devoted to Buehler's career in medicine and in public service, his continuing connection with OSU, and advice that he would impart upon college students of today.

“From Baltimore to Oxford”  August 5, 2015  Location: The Center: Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Care and Research, Bend, Oregon.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In his second interview, Buehler provides additional details on his experiences in medical school, as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and as a legislator in the Oregon House.

He begins by describing the value that an OSU degree has brought to his life, and then moves on to a description of his medical training at Johns Hopkins University. In this, Buehler touches upon the poverty and social problems that gripped Baltimore during his time there and the impact that they made upon him as a doctor-in-training. He also discusses his contributions to various community outreach efforts during his tenure at Johns Hopkins, as well as his participation on the medical school's governing council.

The bulk of the session is devoted to Buehler's stint as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He describes the application process required of potential Rhodes Scholars, including the multiple interviews that he incurred along the way. He also details the significant differences between Oxford's approach to education as compared to his earlier experiences at OSU, and reflects on the far more formal social milieu at Oxford as well.

The interview concludes with Buehler's thoughts on successes that he was a part of during his first session in the Oregon House, his optimism for the development of OSU-Cascades, and his appreciation of OSU as it looks forward to its sesquicentennial.