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Knute Buehler Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Janice Dilg.

August 2014 - August 2015


Knute Carl Buehler was born in 1964 in Roseburg, Oregon, graduating from Roseburg High School in 1982. That year he began his undergraduate tenure at Oregon State University, majoring in Microbiology and walking on to the baseball team as a pitcher. Buehler completed his B.S. in Microbiology in 1986.

Buehler is the first Rhodes Scholar in OSU history. He attended Oxford University for two years, from 1988-1990, studying Politics and Economics, and completing his M.A. degree. Beginning in 1986, Buehler had also been working on his M.D. at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - he completed his doctorate in 1991.

As a professional, Buehler has interned in the Department of Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University and has also served as a resident in orthopedics at OHSU. He is presently an orthopedic surgeon at the Center for Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Care and Research, located in Bend, Oregon.

Buehler has also been actively involved in both statewide and national politics. An advisor to the 1992 Perot presidential campaign, Buehler helped to organize a successful citizen initiative to reform campaign finance law in Oregon and is also a past party nominee for Oregon Secretary of State. In 2014 Buehler was elected to represent the Bend-area's District 54 in the Oregon House of Representatives.