Hubert V. (Bert) Forster
I grew up on a farm in northwest Wisconsin graduating from high school in 1958. My undergraduate degree was from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire (1962) where I majored in history and physical education. After teaching and coaching for a year at a small high school in northwest Wisconsin, I attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison from September 1963 until January 1969 obtaining a MS and PhD in Physical Education focusing on Exercise Physiology under Dr. Jerry Dempsey. Then I went to the University of Copenhagen in Denmark for 18 months doing research on altitude and exercise physiology under the mentorship of Drs. Erling Asmussen and Marius Nielsen. From July of 1970 to July of 1972, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Medicine again under the mentorship of Dr. Jerry Dempsey primarily researching high altitude acclimatization. In July of 1972, I moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee and have been on the Physiology faculty to this day. My research and teaching has focused on the respiratory system with continued funding from NIH and the Veterans Administration. However, I never deviated far from my roots as my wife (Helen, for 48 years) and I have throughout this period owned a small farm between Milwaukee and Madison where we raise chickens and a big garden, and where we raised 4 children who have graced us with 10 grandchildren.