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Dr. Buford Wells


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Dr.  Buford Wells Obituary
Buford A. Wells, M.D.
1929-2917
Buford A. Wells, M.D., 88, of Pearland Texas, died on Friday, August 25, 2017. Buford was born on March 24, 1929 in Waco, Texas to Virginia (Welch) Wells, three weeks after the death of his father, Buford A. Wells. He was raised in Port Arthur, Texas by his mother. He graduated from Port Arthur Jefferson High School in 1947, Baylor University in Waco as a Bachelor of Science Chemistry in 1951, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as a Doctor of Medicine in 1955. Buford married his wife of 62 years, Julia Fay Stark on October 3, 1955 in Houston, Texas. He completed his Internship at Detroit Receiving Hospital in 1956, and while waiting for "Doctor Call" military service, he served as a Resident in Psychiatry at the Texas State Hospital. He was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, serving from 1956 to 1958, in Vallejo and San Diego, California. There he and Julia welcomed first child Shannon in 1957. After a return to Texas in 1959 Buford entered General Practice in Fort Worth, where second child Paul was born. In 1961 Buford changed to Hospital Generalist at Stephenville Hospital, where third child Scott was born. A chance meeting with Dr. Denton Cooley that years led Buford to change his career path to Anesthesiology and move his family to Houston where fourth child Dan was born in 1963. After completing his Anesthesiology Residency at Baylor College of Medicine, he joined the Baylor Anesthesiology Faculty in 1963. Along with his mentor Dr. Arthur Keats, he was staff anesthesiologist on cases with Drs. Denton Cooley, Michael DeBakey and Stanley Crawford during the most innovative period in cardiovascular surgery. From the first Texas Heart Institute case in October 1962 until 1967 when he left for private practice, Buford was in right place at the right time to help pioneer modern cardiac anesthesia, including cardiopulmonary bypass, hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation and Intensive Care Units. In 1967 he joined Pasadena Anesthesiology Group and Bayshore Hospital where he practiced Anesthesia and Critical Care and served as Director of Intensive Care and Respiratory Therapy until his retirement in 1997. He was an expert in Phosgene-related lung injury and respiratory failure, publishing the largest case review of survivors to date in 1985. Buford was a elected a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FACP). He loved the practice of medicine his entire life, fulfilling his childhood dream to become a doctor. He gave of his time generously to many and he had a positive impact on all who knew him. Buford enjoyed playing golf, sailing, fly-fishing, diving, and classical music but more than anything he loved being with his family. Buford is survived by wife Julia (Stark) Wells, children Shannon Gordon (Bob), Paul Wells (Vicki), Scott Wells (Tracy), and Dan Wells (Kristi); grandchildren Ali and David Wells; David (Ursula), Steven and Dean (Lexi) Luciani; Kenneth, Tashina, Christopher and Claire Wells; great-grandchildren Summer, Autumn, August, Charley and Chandler Luciani; step-grandchildren David (Kristina), Christopher (Lauren) and Nicholas Cottrell; and twin step-great granddaughters Penelope and Piper Cottrell. Memorial gifts may be sent to Red Cross of Texas Disaster Relief or to the Houston Symphony. Celebration of life memorial service date to be announced.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 1, 2017
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