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 Collection: Texas Oral History Collection
Oral History Interview with J. Edmund Kirby, March 1998

Oral History Interview with J. Edmund Kirby, March 1998

Date: March 1998
Creator: Kirby, J. Edmund & Kirby, Ruth
Description: A video interview with Dr. J. Edmund Kirby (1908-2006), a McMurry alumnus (class of 1931), and his wife Ruth discussing their experiences at McMurry and their life together. Dr. Kirby was a professor of Bible at McMurry from 1945-1947, and later served as a McMurry Trustee.
Contributing Partner: McMurry University Library
Charles A. LeMaistre Oral History Interview 1, May 6, 2004

Charles A. LeMaistre Oral History Interview 1, May 6, 2004

Date: May 4, 2004
Creator: LeMaistre, Charles A.
Description: Dr. Charles A. LeMaistre’s interview begins with the story about how he met his wife, Joyce Trapp LeMaistre. This story intermingles with his early career that lead him to his role as Chancellor at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. LeMaistre offers insight into the effect desegregation had on the University of Texas campus and M. D. Anderson’s faculty diversity. He recounts how he was offered the presidential position at M. D. Anderson, the transition in administrative procedures, and growth of the institution. Dr. LeMaistre shares his wife’s personal fight with cancer and uses it as an example of how effective the institution’s policies and procedures. Dr. LeMaistre’s modesty in his administrative accomplishments shine a light on the high regard he had for his team and institutional family. The interview concludes with Dr. LeMaistre crediting members of the University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors and donors.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas MD Anderson Center
Marion Wall Lowrey Oral History Interview 1, May 5, 2001

Marion Wall Lowrey Oral History Interview 1, May 5, 2001

Date: May 5, 2001
Creator: Lowrey, Marion Wall
Description: Marion Wall Lowrey talks with Lesley Brunet about her career, especially her role at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She talks about her relationship with Dr. R. Lee Clark and his wife Dr. Bert Davis Clark. She also talks about the time when the institution was housed at the Baker Estate and segregation in the early years of the institution.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas MD Anderson Center
Oral History Interview with Jessie Clark, June 6, 2002

Oral History Interview with Jessie Clark, June 6, 2002

Date: June 6, 2002
Creator: Loyd, Ms. & Clark, Jessie
Description: Interview with Jessie Clark regarding her experiences during World War II. She discusses having to adjust to a lifestyle of rationing for food products and shoes as well as blackouts and scrap metal drives. Her husband worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and was often absent while she stayed home to raise their children in Houston. She discusses the scarcity of toys during Christmas and hosiery.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Eleanor MacDonald Oral History Interview, May 19, 2000

Eleanor MacDonald Oral History Interview, May 19, 2000

Date: May 19, 2000
Creator: MacDonald, Eleanor
Description: Eleanor MacDonald talks with Louis Marchifava about her early life and education in New England; her early career in the Cancer Division in the American College of Surgeons; her recruitment and subsequent work at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute; her work in developing the biostatistics coding in the early years of the institution; and her relationship with various physicians and luminaries of the Texas Medical Center.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas MD Anderson Center
Thomas S. Matney Oral History Interview 1, September 27, 2007,

Thomas S. Matney Oral History Interview 1, September 27, 2007,

Date: September 26, 2007
Creator: Matney, Thomas S.
Description: Dr. Thomas S. Matney talks with Lesley W. Brunet discuss his youth, family, education, and career at MD Anderson. He begins the interview by talking about growing up in Texas and attending Trinity University of his bachelor's and master's degrees. He discusses his early career at MD Anderson and his research into bacteria and genetics.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas MD Anderson Center
Oral History Interview with Dora Geneva Clement

Oral History Interview with Dora Geneva Clement

Date: 1974~
Creator: McAmis, Odessa True Talkington
Description: Interview with Dora Geneva (Clement) Talkington (1886-1976) discussing how her family came to Texas and about growing up on her parents' farm, as well as other events including Theodore Roosevelt's visit to Waco when he was campaigning to be president.
Contributing Partner: Talkington Clement Family Archives
Oral History Interview with Ed Carseth, August 6, 2003

Oral History Interview with Ed Carseth, August 6, 2003

Date: August 6, 2003
Creator: Metzler, Ed & Carseth, Ed
Description: Interview with Ed Carseth, a pilot during World War II. He discusses an early interest in aviation and earned his pilot's license through the Civilian Pilot Training program. He spent a year as an instructor before joining the Air Transport Command. Through 1944 he delivered aircraft to Australia before being assigned to Myitkyina, Burma. He speaks of living conditions at Myitkyina. He flew materials over the Himalaya Mountains (the Hump) from Burma to Kunming, China. Carseth relates anectdotes about General Claire Chennault, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and a squadron mate who kept a baboon.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with H. L. Obermiller, April 30, 2004

Oral History Interview with H. L. Obermiller, April 30, 2004

Date: April 30, 2004
Creator: Metzler, Ed & Obermiller, H. L.
Description: Interview with H. L. Obermiller, a Pharmacist's Mate during World War II. He discusses his involvement in the Battles of Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian, where he served as a Pharmacist's Mate. He remembers having Spam for Thanksgiving, meeting Navajo code talkers, and writing letters home.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with L. B. Blackmon, April 10, 2007

Oral History Interview with L. B. Blackmon, April 10, 2007

Date: April 10, 2007
Creator: Misenhimer, Richard & Blackmon, L. B.
Description: Transcription of a phone interview with L. B. Blackmon of Corpus Christi, Texas, a World War Two veteran of the United States Marine Corps. In the interview, Mr. Brown talks about his time in the Marines as well as life growing up during the Great Depression and other biographical information. He recalls memories of surviving Pearl Harbor, guard duty around naval storage in Hawaii, and the Horse Marines.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation