Pete DeBusk

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Autry O.V. Pete DeBusk is the owner and chairman of DeRoyal Industries located in Knoxville, Tennessee.[1]

DeBusk was born and raised in Rose Hill, Virginia, where he graduated from Thomas Walker High School. After graduating from Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk began his career in 1965 as a pharmaceutical salesman[2] and regional sales manager.[3] In 1973 DeBusk patented his first medical product, an orthopedic boot, and founded DeRoyal Industries.[4][5]

DeBusk self-published a book in 2013, "The Rabbit's Got the Gun: The Deroyal Industries Story," which recounts his business career.

As the chairman of the Lincoln Memorial University Board of Trustees and a member of MedPAC Commission, DeBusk co-founded the Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007.[6][7] The Lincoln Memorial University- John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law, also co-founded by Debusk, was subsequently denied provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association. However, in the Fall of 2015, the law school received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association. [8]


  1. ^ Official WebsiteDeRoyal Executives
  2. ^ Katie Porterfield, DeRoyal Treatment, Business TN, April 2008
  3. ^ Spoke Public Records[1]
  4. ^ Genera Energy[2]
  5. ^ BusinessTN[3]
  6. ^ All Business, A D&B CompanyPublication:Business Wire June 3, 2003
  7. ^ Lincoln Memorial University Official WebsiteAbout LMU-DCOM 2010
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