Boyd K. Bucey Memorial Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology
The Boyd K. Bucey Memorial Endowed chair in Ophthalmology was established in 2003 — an elevation of the Boyd K. Bucey Memorial Professorship in Ophthalmology created a few years earlier.
Helen L. Bucey established the Bucey Professorship in 1988 in honor of her late husband, Boyd, who had an interest in eye research. Mr. Bucey, who died in 1985, was a 1932 graduate of the University of Washington who came from a pioneer Washington family.
Mrs. Bucey was also a University of Washington graduate — she earned a degree in music in 1933 followed by a master’s in librarianship in 1940.
Over the years, Mrs. Bucey developed very close ties with several faculty and staff members in the Department of Ophthalmology. She passed away in 2002. In March 2003, an additional gift from her estate allowed the professorship to become a chair.
Mrs. Bucey’s wish was “to provide financial support for a selected faculty member to conduct vision research and to train scientists and clinicians for the future. Through these research and training functions, this professorship will serve to reduce the toll of human blindness for this generation and those to come.”
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