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Ellsworth C. "Buster" Alvord, 1923-2010
Giving Back Was His Passion

Ellsworth C. "Buster" Alvord, a pioneer in the field of neuropathology at the UW School of Medicine and a generous local philanthropist, died Jan. 19. He was 86.

Alvord, who spent more than four decades in the UW Department of Neuropathology, was renowned for his research on the cause of multiple sclerosis.

Alvord and his wife, Nancy, endowed chairs in neuropathology and other sciences, which constitute the Nancy and Buster Alvord Brain Tumor Center at the UW. In addition, they endowed several other chairs in the School of Medicine and at Seattle Children's Hospital.

The Alvords were also major community philanthropists—and received the Seattle—King County First Citizen Award in 1991. The UW recognized the Alvords for their generosity and community service by presenting them with the UW Gates Volunteer Service Award in 2006.