The Success Story of Dr. Dolores Buchler '57
"The faculty input at MacMurray while I was a student there was tremendous. They were there for you all the time. The close interaction I had with the administration was nearly always positive. One other thing about MacMurray that I remember is that a long time ago they had a thing called "Freshman Initiation" where the sophomores would come get us from the dorms and we'd have to clean their rooms or their laundry, which some might have been upset about I suppose, but the real point was to introduce us to new people and experiences. One day, some sophomores told me I was going to play field hockey. I would have NEVER tried out for the field hockey team if it weren't for the initiation, but I tried it and I loved it."
Dr. Dolores "Dee" Buchler graduated from MacMurray in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry after seemingly winning every honor the College had to offer. She was active in athletics, chosen for the Army-Navy field hockey and basketball teams. She was active in student government her last three years, serving as president of the student body her last year at MacMurray and was a member of the Mortar Board. She was chosen as an Onion, a member of Cap and Gown and Who's Who. She was also chosen as the embodiment of "Service" during her senior year.
In 1962 she was awarded her M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. After interning at the University of Kansas Medical Center and resident training in general surgery at the University of Oklahoma, she went back to the University of Kansas Medical Center to specialize in gynecology and obstetrics. In 1966, she received an American Cancer Society Advanced Clinical Fellowship in Radiology. In 1969, she moved to the University of Wisconsin Medical Center where she was a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and human oncology and performed research on subjects surrounding her field. She authored or collaborated on at least 50 publications and built the gynecologic oncology division at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center. Overall she spent 26 years of adding to her experiences with chronic illness, feeling the most rewarding aspect was being a teacher and mentor who watched her students grow and make their own mark on the world.
Since her retirement, Buchler has found great joy in her ability to volunteer at a large retirement center and for the Madison YWCA in a program entitled "Suited for Success". She is also a member of the Altrusa Service Club of Madison, Wisconsin which Buchler states is similar to a Rotary Club mainly for professional women. Each year this group gives out approximately 10-12 grants to women in need in the Madison area to help with the costs of education.
Buchler enjoys golfing in the summer and bowling in the winter with the "East Side Coffee League". She also enjoys a quilting group with fellow members from a Lutheran church in Madison, Wisconsin, which sends the quilts off to the World Lutheran Relief Group, for those in need of their warmth.