North Central College - Naperville, IL

Arthur "Buck" Rikli

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1995

Arthur Rikli was a pioneer in the use of computers as a diagnostic tool in medicine. In 1958, he conceptualized the design for the first computer to process electrocardiograms. For 25 years he was a member of the U.S. Public Health Service and served as chief of its National Heart Disease Program for five of those years. After retiring in 1968 with the rank of colonel, he was recruited to direct Missouri’s Regional Medical Program, one of the first of its kind to receive federal funding. Rikli was also founder of the National Organization for State Kidney Programs and served as its first president. Following retirement, he has continued to serve as a consultant to the Department of Health and Informatics. Today, he is president of the National Society for Computer Medicine and holds the title professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia.