The Barefoot Professor ... Any Footprints? at the Morrin Centre


Dr. William Buck was born in Missouri in 1933 during the Great Depression into a family who lived modestly on a farm. Bill and his older brother went barefoot during the summer while tending to their chores in order to keep their shoes in good condition so they could wear them to school in the fall and winter.

William Buck had to learn about the realities of life and the importance of community at an early age. At 15 years old, he purchased his first herd of cattle with the intention of starting a farm, but fate had different plans for the young man: a serious accident forced him to consider a new career path as a veterinarian. Despite the workload of his studies and the challenges of raising six children (two of whom were adopted), Buck became the most reputable veterinary toxicologist of his time and helped establish toxicology programs at Iowa State University and Illinois University before retiring in 1996. Dr. Buck, who recently joined the Literary and Historical Society, has just released his autobiography, The Barefoot Professor . . . Any Footprints? subtitled The saga of an Ozark Hillbilly lad becoming a university professor.

Aiden Roberts, who helped to organize Dr. Buck's talk at the Morrin Centre, says, "I am convinced you will be delighted to meet and to chat with this down-to-earth, soft-spoken gentleman with his southern accent who is looking forward to sharing his insights into life and love with both younger and older generations. Perhaps he will inspire you to write your autobiography, or to help your parents or grandparents write theirs."

Come and meet Dr. Buck at the Morrin Centre to learn more about his life and the footprints he left behind, on Thursday, February 20, at 6 p.m. To reserve your place for this talk, please call 418 694-9147 or write to [email protected].