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  Partner: University of Texas MD Anderson Center
 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2000
 Collection: Texas History Collection
Eleanor MacDonald Oral History Interview, May 19, 2000

Eleanor MacDonald Oral History Interview, May 19, 2000

Date: May 19, 2000
Creator: MacDonald, Eleanor & Marchiafava, Louis
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
James M. Bowen Oral History Interview 1, March 27, 2000

James M. Bowen Oral History Interview 1, March 27, 2000

Date: March 27, 2000
Creator: Bowen, James M. & Marchiafava, Louis J.
Description: This interview with Dr. Bowen begins with the origins of his interest in science. He discusses influential educational experiences and then chronicles the evolution of M. D. Anderson during the presidencies of Dr. R. Lee Clark and Dr. Charles LeMaistre. Dr. Bowen fondly compares the leadership styles of Dr. Clark and Dr. LeMaistre and how both men facilitated his own professional growth.
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
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 & Marchiafava, Louis J.
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