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 Collection: Texas Oral History Collection
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.
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
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
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
Thomas Dunaway Anderson Oral History Interview 1, May 04, 2000,

Thomas Dunaway Anderson Oral History Interview 1, May 04, 2000,

Date: May 4, 2000
Creator: Anderson, Thomas Dunaway
Description: The interview begins with Thomas Dunaway Anderson’s recollections of his uncle, Monroe Dunaway Anderson, the founder of the M.D. Anderson foundation and namesake of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The interview continues with a description of the establishment and purpose of the M.D. Anderson Foundation and the growth and development of several recipients of M.D. Anderson’s philanthropy, including the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Medical Center. Thomas Anderson’s memories and interactions regarding Dr. Randolph Lee Clark, the first full-time president of what is known today as the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, are recounted as well. A discussion concerning Thomas Anderson’s family contributions associated with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Medical Center ends the interview.
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
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