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|Collection:||Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection|
|Interviewee:||Balzer, Ornell H.|
|Interviewer:||Brunet, Lesley W.|
|Title:||Ornell H. Balzer Oral History Interview 1|
|Dates:||September 4, 2003|
|Abstract:||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.|
|Format:||1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript|
|Interview Length:||1 hour|
|Language:||Materials are in English|
|Repository:||Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|
Ornell Balzer was one of the first four nurses to work at M.D. Anderson. She was born in Shaws Bend, near Columbus in central Texas and graduated from the Brackenridge School of Nursing at University of Texas in Austin in 1949. Her career at M.D. Anderson began in 1949. She spent three years at M.D. Anderson before leaving to work in a doctor’s office. In 1960 Ms. Balzer returned to M.D. Anderson as the head nurse during the start of the cancer center and later worked in radiotherapy. She was well-known to many employees at M.D. Anderson and can be seen in photos in the MdGovern Visitors Gallery and in the historical text, “The First Twenty Years of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute.” Ornell Balzer passed away on October 9, 2005 at the age of 93.
|Restrictions on Access:||This interview contains no restrictions|
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Balzer, Ornell H.
|Subjects (Organizations):||University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- history|
|Provenance:||Interview between Ornell H. Balzer and Lesley W. Brunet on September 4, 2003 in Friendswood, Texas|
|Preferred Citation:||Ornell H. Balzer Oral History Interview 1, September 4, 2003, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.|
|Processing Information:||Oral history was edited by Jewelry Yep, HRC Intern, February 2011|