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Joseph John BUCKLEY

Age 91, of Minneapolis, MN & Naples, FL passed away October 11, 2013 at his home in Naples. Dr. Buckley was born in Methuen, MA to Alice L. and Thomas I. Buckley. He graduated from Edward F. Searles High School, Methuen in 1940 and Dartmouth College (AB) in 1944. After graduating from New York Medical College (MD) in 1946, he interned at U.S. Naval Hospital, Chelsea, MA, and then served as a Medical Officer, U.S. Navy Medical Corps, aboard USS Nereus, AS17, Submarine Squadron 7, Pacific Fleet from 1947 to 1949. In 1950, Dr. Buckley entered the University of Minnesota Medical School's Anesthesiology Residency program. The discoveries by Dr. Buckley and his colleagues, during an American Cancer Society Fellowship in Respiratory Physiology in 1951-52, changed the basic tenets of the anesthesia process as it was known at that time and paved the way for advances in the science. Among his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Buckley made history in 1954 as an anesthetist in the world's first successful open heart surgery, using cross circulation and hypothermia. In 1957, he and Dr. F.H. Van Bergen established the first pulmonary function laboratory and respiratory ward at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, a precursor for the Intensive Care Units of today, where they treated more than 300 patients with tetanus and other conditions requiring prolonged expert ventilator support. In 1978, Dr. Buckley succeeded Dr. Van Bergen as the head of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University and guided the department until his retirement in 1988. The Joseph J. Buckley Chair in Anesthesiology was endowed at that time. In 1999, the University dedicated the Joseph J. Buckley Library of Anesthesia. Dr. Buckley was very active in a number of medical and anesthesia societies and organizations, some until the time of his death. He was highly respected for his innovative research and leadership and much beloved by his students. In 1945, he married Grace M. Brown, RN. Together, they raised sons Joseph Jr. (Mary Jo), Mora MN and Paul T., Marathon FL, and daughters Patricia A. Kingsley (W. Scott) Brookeville MD and Diane M. Milan (Bruce) Bloomfield Ont. Canada. Mrs. Buckley died in 1983. In 1987, he married Judith Kairies, RN, who survives him as his loving wife, best friend and caregiver. He is also survived by 2 granddaughters, Eileen Kingsley-Hamm (Tony) and Eve Kingsley Booth (Brian), and 2 great granddaughters, Aurora and Anja Booth. A memorial service and interment will be held at Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Ave. S. at 12 noon, Saturday, November 16. Memorial gifts may be made to Avow Hospice Care at Avow, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane Naples, FL 34105 or at www.avowcares.org.




Published in Pioneer Press on Oct. 27, 2013
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