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 Collection: Texas Oral History Collection
Oral History Interview with Suzie Humphreys, March 15, 2012

Oral History Interview with Suzie Humphreys, March 15, 2012

Date: March 15, 2012
Creator: Randle, Garret; Wood, Annie & Humphreys, Suzie
Description: Interview with Suzie Humphreys,a former journalist in Dallas, Texas. The interview includes biographical information about her life growing up, her educational background, her work reporting for Channel 8 and KVIL radio station, and her career as a motivational speaker.
Contributing Partner: UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism
Oral History Interview with Valentin R. Ybarra, April 29, 2004

Oral History Interview with Valentin R. Ybarra, April 29, 2004

Date: April 29, 2004
Creator: Misenhimer, Richard & Ybarra, Valentin R.
Description: Interview with Valentin R. Ybarra regarding his experiences during World War II. He discusses his wartime experiences in Peleliu and Okinawa as well as occupation duty in Japan and China. He also had an assignment in Spain. He remembers the Cuban Missile Crisis, the revolt in the Dominican Republic, and his service in Vietnam.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Vivian Castleberry, March 29, 2012

Oral History Interview with Vivian Castleberry, March 29, 2012

Date: March 29, 2012
Creator: Guzman, Samantha; Cousineau, Desiree & Castleberry, Vivian, 1922-
Description: Interview with Vivian Castleberry,a journalist in Dallas, Texas. The interview includes biographical information about her life growing up, her educational background, family life raising her children, and her international peace work. She also discusses her career at The Dallas Times Herald and the field of journalism.
Contributing Partner: UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism
Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, 2007

Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, 2007

Date: 2007
Creator: Johnson, Kep & Henderson, W. A.
Description: Interview with Lieutenant Col. W. A. Bill Henderson of Gatesville, Texas, who is a veteran of the United States Air Force. In the interview, Mr. Henderson answers biographical questions and talks about his military flight training, traveling, and bombing the Kwai River Bridge during World War II.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, September 20, 2003

Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, September 20, 2003

Date: September 20, 2003
Creator: Johnson, Kep & Henderson, W. A.
Description: Interview with W. A. (Bill) Henderson, a pilot during World War II. He discusses his time as a bombardier and navigator on a B-24 in the China-Burma-India Theater. His crew hit the bridge over River Kwai (Mae Klong) while making bombing runs along the Burma Railway and also flew runs to supply gasoline to various bases in China, India and Burma. He relates anecdotes about the food and living quarters on the bases and the time he saved his co-pilot's life. He helped his co-pilot land the plane after a bullet tore through the plane's nose wheel and injured the man's leg.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with William F. Graham, March 24, 2001

Oral History Interview with William F. Graham, March 24, 2001

Date: March 24, 2001
Creator: Smith, Ned A. & Graham, William F.
Description: Interview with Bill Graham, a Marine during World War II. He begins by discussing joining the Navy and becoming a corpsman, then being transferred to the 2nd Marine Division after the Pearl Harbor attack. He also talks being in the first wave on Guadalcanal and various things that happened during the six months there, as well as contracting a severe strain of malaria, getting shipped back to the States and stationed near his home in Fort Worth, then returning to training in Virginia to prepare for an invasion of Japan.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Willie Higgs, September 21, 2001

Oral History Interview with Willie Higgs, September 21, 2001

Date: September 21, 2001
Creator: Pickard, Kevin & Higgs, Willie
Description: Interview with Willie Higgs, a U. S. Marine during World War II. He joined the Marines in 1944 and trained at Camp Pendleton before being assigned to the 4th Marine Division. Higgs discusses arriving at Iwo Jima, making a grenade attack on a cave there, and subsequently breaking his leg. He then spent time aboard the hospital ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Upon returning home, Higgs finished his degree at Southwest Texas State in San Marcos, where he majored in music.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Ornell H. Balzer Oral History Interview 1, September 4, 2003

Ornell H. Balzer Oral History Interview 1, September 4, 2003

Date: September 4, 2003
Creator: Balzer, Ornell H. & Brunet, Lesley Williams
Description: This interview with Ornell Balzer begins with the evolution of her career at M.D. Anderson. She recounts how she moved to Houston after graduating from nursing school and her return to M.D. Anderson. Ms. Balzer then details her memories of time spent working at Baker Estate and her interactions with colleagues and patients.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas MD Anderson Center
Peter Almond Oral History Interview 1, June 4, 2004

Peter Almond Oral History Interview 1, June 4, 2004

Date: June 4, 2006
Creator: Almond, Peter; Brunet, Lesley Williams & Olson, James Stuart
Description: Dr. Peter Almond talks with Dr. James S. Olson and Lesley W. Brunet about the history radiation therapy. He outlines the various treatments including the x-ray, cobolt-60, betatron, magnetron, klystron and cyclotron. He also talks about the emerging field of proton therapy. He also describes the early history of radiotherapy at MD Anderson especially under the direction of Drs. Gilbert Fletcher and Leonard Grimmet.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas MD Anderson Center
Renilda Hilkemeyer Oral History Interview 1, May 23, 2000

Renilda Hilkemeyer Oral History Interview 1, May 23, 2000

Date: May 23, 2000
Creator: Hilkemeyer, Renilda & Marchiafava, Louis
Description: The interview with Ms. Renilda Hilkemeyer begins with her early education and career. She explains how her career led to working in the field of oncology nursing. In this section of the interview, she highlights the development of training nurses, the stigmatism around cancer, and the value of hands-on experience. Ms. Hilkemeyer explains how she came to M. D. Anderson and the challenges she faced in developing the department of nursing, including staffing, interdepartmental collaboration, and institutional bureaucracy. The interview highlights the social issues of the time especially racial segregation and women in the work place. Ms. Hilkemeyer discusses the creation of a rehabilitation center at M. D. Anderson. She talks about her education programs to improve the care of patients. These broke role barriers and increased nursing qualifications. Ms. Hilkemeyer draws attention to her ground breaking education program for nurses in intravenous and chemotherapy procedures. This section also highlights her involvement in creating master and doctoral programs in nursing. Ms. Hilkemeyer discusses her awards and continued role in institutional committees since retirement. She concludes the interview in discussing the motivations and challenges in creating a child care center in 1963 and the honor of having it named after her ...
Contributing Partner: University of Texas MD Anderson Center