- School of Public Health W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award (1996)
W.P. Buckner Jr was a professor health and human performance at University of Houston, where he joined in 1972. He obtained his A.B. from DePauw University and his master's and H.S.D. from Indiana University.
At Houston, Dr. Buckner co-founded the joint graduate master's and doctoral programs in Allied Health Education and Administration. He also served as coordinator for health programs from 1976-1998 and was a Fellow of the Royal Health Society (England), a Fellow with American Association of Health Education, President of the Association for the Advancement of Health Education, and a recipient of a Danforth Fellowship and the Award in Excellence by the National Foundation for Sudden Infant Death. In 2008, Dr. Buckner was appointed Professor Emeritus at University of Houston.
He is well-known for his work in the local community within the Houston metropolitan area, serving on numerous boards such as the American Cancer Society, Chinquapin Preparatory School, HISD HIV/AIDS Education program, Settegast Housing Project and Steven's House HIV/AIDS Care Facility. Dr. Buckner also wrote books, articles and poetry and was a speaker and consultant for regional, state and national health organizations.