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In Memoriam: ACSM Mourns Loss, Recognizes Accomplishments of 8th President

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
Buskirk was College leader, groundbreaking researcher

INDIANAPOLIS – The American College of Sports Medicine was saddened to learn of the passing of its 8th President, Elsworth Buskirk, Ph.D., FACSM, on March 28.

Buskirk was an emeritus professor of applied physiology and human nutrition at Pennsylvania State University. He was a distinguished researcher and educator who contributed to the understanding of oxygen consumption during exercise, acclimatization to heat and high altitude, and the role of physical activity in preventing coronary heart disease.

He served on the ACSM Board of Trustees from 1959-63, then as President-elect and President from 1964 to 1965. He was chosen by his peers to receive the Citation Award (1973) and Honor Award (1984), and in 1990 to deliver the prestigious D.B. Dill Historical Lecture at the ACSM Annual Meeting. Buskirk edited the College’s official scientific journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, from 1985 to 1988.

At Pennsylvania State, Buskirk developed the graduate program in applied physiology and directed the Laboratory for Human Performance Research (now the Noll Laboratory). His studies on training for high-altitude performance helped athletes prepare for the 1968 Olympics at Mexico City. Later research advanced understanding of obesity and energy expenditure.

Current ACSM President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, remembers Buskirk as both a thoughtful leader and mentor.

“I first met Dr. Buskirk in 1983, when I was doing my post-doctoral research at St. Louis University,” Pivarnik said. “I was studying the effect of exercise and temperature regulation on body fluid regulation, and that was one of his many areas of expertise. I remember him for being a very thoughtful scholar. My respect for Dr. Buskirk only grew over the years, and I know that he, and his many contributions to ACSM and science in general, will be sorely missed.”


The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

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