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Making Cancer History Voices Collection

James M. Bowen Interview 1

Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection:
Interviewee: Bowen, James M.
Interviewer: Marchiafava, Louis J.
Title: James M. Bowen Interview 1
Dates: March 27, 2000
Abstract 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.
Collection ID: OH-BowenJ-20000327
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 2.5 hours
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library,The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

Dr. James M. Bowen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls. In 1961 he received a Ph.D. in microbiology from Oregon State University. He then spent one year as a postdoctoral research fellow at M. D. Anderson. He joined the M. D. Anderson faculty in 1964 as an assistant professor of virology and became a full professor less than a decade later. During his 12 years spent at M. D. Anderson, he coordinated one of the most extensive educational programs at any cancer center. In 1982 Dr. Bowen was named vice president for academic affairs. During this time he co-chaired the committee that wrote a Code of Ethics for M. D. Anderson. He was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 1987 and as a Distinguished Alumni Fellow of Oregon State University in 1988. Following his retirement in 1994, Dr. Bowen continued to serve M. D. Anderson as a professor emeritus.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bowen, James M.
Clark, Randolph Lee, 1906-
LeMaistre, Charles A.
Dmochowski, Leon
Haas, Felix Levere, 1917-
Derrick, William Sheldon, 1916-1986
Russell, William O., 1910-
Becker, Frederick F.
Levin, Bernard, 1942-
Taylor, H. Grant, 1903-
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- history
Universities -- organization & administration -- Texas
Hospital Administration -- organization & administration -- Texas
Faculty, Medical -- Texas
Laboratories, Hospital
Hospital Departments
Hospitals, Special -- organization & administration -- Texas
Hospitals, Special -- history -- Texas
Universities and colleges -- Faculty
Houston (TX)
Oral History

Administrative Information


Interview conducted between James M. Bowen and Louis J. Marchiafava on March 27, 2000 in Houston, Texas.

Preferred Citation

James M. Bowen Interview 1, March 27, 2000, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Processing Information

Oral history was edited by Jewelry Yep, HRC Intern, April 2011



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