Maria Gordon Buse M.D.
1927 - 2019
July 17, 1927
August 25, 2019
Maria Gordon Buse, MD Charleston - Maria Gordon Buse, MD born July 17, 1927 in Budapest, Hungary passed away surrounded by her family in her home on Sunday, August 25, 2019. A private service will be held in Bethany Cemetery. Maria was preceded in death by her loving husband John F. Buse, MD of Charleston, SC and her mother and father Elizabeth Szana Richter and Geza Gordon of Budapest, Hungary. August 17, 2019 would have been Maria and John's 63rd wedding anniversary. Maria is survived by her three children: John Bernard Buse, MD (Mary Beth Cassely) of Chapel Hill, NC, Paul Edward Buse, MD (Susan) of St. Louis, MO and Ms. Elizabeth Buse King (Charles) of Atlanta, GA; step-brother Paul Richter, MD (Stella) of Atlanta, GA; lifetime family friend, Albertha Williams of Charleston, SC; and nine grandchildren. Her loving grandchildren include: John Buse (Jenny Terrell), Bradley Busebee (Hannah), Michael Buse, Michelle Buse, Hezekaya Buse, Katherine Buse, Caroline Buse, Alexander King and Jonathan King. Maria Gordon Buse, MD, was a product of wartime Europe. She completed her professional education in four languages on three continents and had a 60-year career as an investigator, educator, and practicing endocrinologist. Please read more in this reprisal written collaboratively by her biological offspring and intellectual progeny, an appropriate reflection of a career where family and work were joyfully intertwined in an irresolvable way. American Diabetes Association Journal. Maria Gordon Buse, MD: A Family Affair Through Six Decades of Diabetes Discovery written by Charles F. Burant, MD, Caroline R. Buse, Katherine A. Robinson, MD, and John B. Buse, MD . You may read more about her accomplishments at MUSC in the Waring Historical Library online exhibit: Opening Doors: Women at the Medical University of South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Maria G. Buse, M.D. Endowed Chair in Medical Research, an endowed chair fund established as a tribute to Dr. Maria Buse in 2010. Please direct contributions to the MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2019.
Bethany Cemetery
10 Cunnington Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29405
Funeral services provided by:
J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel
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She was such a lovely lady. I remember the rose garden her husband planted at the house on Palm Blvd. She was so generous and loved by many
Franny Henty
September 26, 2019
Both Drs. Buse were great and kind people. They are together again as the sweet couple and dedicated professionals they were when I met them in 1987. Rest in peace.
Deborah Stokes
September 1, 2019
Dr. Maria Buse and her Husband Dr. John Buse were the Endocrinology Division of the Department of Medicine when we were medical students between 1965 and 1969. At the time there were very few women in medicine (in a class of 75 medical students we had 2 women) so by her gender alone Dr. Maria Buse stood out to a young medical student. But, she was much more than a rare female physician. As an aspiring academician myself, already hooked on research, she stood as an academician of the highest order. She was a physician scientist from her first days at MUSC and an inspiration to us all. This was a time when you could count on one hand the number of faculty who had NIH research money. As time went by, Dr. Buse continued her investigative career and when I returned to MUSC as Dean in 2001, she still had her original R0-1. She was a role model that I often referred our students (class now is ~50% women) to aspiring female academic physicians as an example of how you can have it all- as she had a distinguished career, a devoted husband, and beloved family. It was not easy but it surely was great. Put simply, Maria Buse, MD served as an inspiration to all students, faculty and staff. It was a privilege to work. She is greatly missed.
Jerry Reves, MD
Dean Emeritus
College of Medicine
Jerry Reves, MD
August 29, 2019
a loved one
August 28, 2019
Remembering the early evenings in the 70's on Bennett Street when Dr. Buse would fill us up with pasta-type dishes before we'd head to Big John's for beer and billiards!John, Paul, and Elizabeth, I am in Cashiers and will miss the funeral. However, I walk my dogs at Bethany every week, so I will visit her grave site. My thoughts and prayers to you all. barre or b-square
Barre Butler
August 28, 2019
What an amazing women!
May she Rest In Peace!
I feel blessed to have known her and I am in awe of all of her accomplishments!
Patricia Moushey
August 28, 2019
Maria was a wonderful scientist, mentor, and friend. She was tremendously inspiring and I will always remember how much we laughed together. Much love to you all, she absolutely adored her family.
Best, Lauren Ball (Post-Doctoral trainee, 2003-2007).
Lauren Ball
August 28, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
I feel honored to have known her. May her memory be eternal.
Helen Gatgounis
August 28, 2019
I knew both Dr Buses and respected them tremendously. Their contributions to medicine and the world will live on forever.
Toni Catoe
August 28, 2019
I have known Maria for many years and known thru my husband Philippe Arnaud how much she was appreciated
My prayers and thoughts are with your family

Marie Laure Arnaud
Marie Laure Arnaud
August 28, 2019
Let the memories of her be your pillow of comfort.
Much love .
Muriel Berta's daughter
August 28, 2019