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Eleanor Dino Montague - Interview 1

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Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection
Interviewee: Montague, Eleanor Dino, M.D.
Interviewer: Marchiafava, Louis
Title: Eleanor Dino Montague Oral History Interview 1
Date: April 6, 2000
Abstract: Dr. Montague discusses her career at MD Anderson and the people that influenced the emerging field of oncology. She talks about her decision to study medicine, her decision to focus on breast cancer, and the opportunities and challenges of being a woman in a predominiately male field. Another topic addressed is the leadership of Dr. Gilbert H. Fletcher.
Collection Id.: OH-MontagueE-20000406
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

Born in Genoa, Italy, Dr. Montague was raised in Pennsylvania. She received her M.D. from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as the Medical College of Pennsylvania) in 1950. She then spent two years in Japan, where her husband was stationed in a MASH unit, and where she also worked as a radiologist. Upon her return, she completed her residency in Radiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. She then began an American Cancer Society fellowship at MD Anderson’s Radiotherapy Department in 1959. Dr. Montague has been a member of the staff at MD Anderson since 1961, and became a Professor of Radiotheraphy in 1973.

Dr. Montague has authored or co-authored over 100 articles regarding the treatment of cancer. She has received many honors and awards during her career for her contribtions to the field of oncology. Some of them include: 1984 - Alumnae Achievement Award; 1984 - Past State President’s Award from the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women; 1985 - Janeway Medal from the American Radium Society; 1986 - Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America; 1986 - Distinguised Service Award and Outstanding Achievement Award from MD Anderson; 1990 - Marie Curie Recipient from the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR); 1992 - Gold Medal for Distinguished and Extraordinary Service to the ASTRO (American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology); 1993- inducted into the Texas Women’s University’s Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. The AAWR has also honored her by naming an award after her – the Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Montague was a pioneer in the field of breast cancer research and treatment. She has been an advocate of patient participation in treatment, as well as an early proponent for the combined use of surgery and radiation in the treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Montague is also a strong supporter of public health education. She retired from M.D. Anderson in 1986.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons): Montague, Eleanor D., ‡d 1926-
Fletcher, Gilbert H. (Gilbert Hungerford), 1911-
Fuller, Lillian M., 1923-
Grimmett, Leonard G.
Tapley, Norah duV., 1921-
Dodd, Gerald D., 1922-
Subjects (Organizations): University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- history
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Division of Radiotherapy
Subjects: Breast Neoplasms -- therapy
Breast Neoplasms -- radiotherapy
Neoplasms -- radiotherapy
Neoplasms -- diagnosis
Hospitals, Special
Radiation Oncology
Radiology Department, Hospital
Houston (Tex.)
Oral History

Administrative Information

Provenance: Interview conducted between Dr. Eleanor Dino Montague and Dr. Louis Marchiafava on April 6, 2000 in Houston, Texas.
Preferred Citation: Eleanor Dino Montague Oral History Interview 1, April 6, 2000, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Processing Information: Oral history was edited by Elvira Lynn Alayon, UNT Intern, Summer 2011.

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