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
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
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
T.C. Hsu Oral History Interview 2, May 10, 2001

T.C. Hsu Oral History Interview 2, May 10, 2001

Date: May 10, 2001
Creator: Hsu, T. C. (Tao-Chiuh), 1917-
Description: Dr. Tao-Chiuh Hsu continues his reflections with Lesley Brunet regarding his career at M.D. Anderson. The interview begins with a discussion of Dr. Felix Haas and the evolution of the department of biology. William R. Brinkley’s contributions and interactions with the department are recounted as well. Several of Dr. Hsu’s major accomplishments to science are highlighted including the development of chromosomal banding techniques, biological specimen banks, and cell preservation. The interview continues with a discussion of his sentiments regarding the re-organization of cell biology and his laboratory location within the Hermann Professional Building. A discussion regarding the collection of tissue samples from cats ends the interview. Several humorous stories regarding his personal life and work are also shared.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas MD Anderson Center