Making Cancer History Voices Collection
James D. McKinley Oral History Interview 1, March 27, 2003
James D. McKinley’s college education began in 1941 at San Angelo Junior College (now Angelo State), but was put on hold after finishing his associate degree. He enlisted in the Army for three years during World War II. After being discharged from the service, Mr. McKinley attended the University of Texas where he graduated in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. He then decided to pursue a master’s degree in hospital pharmacy at the University of Maryland, one of the few schools in the country to offer the program. Upon graduation, he moved to MD Anderson to organize the first pharmacy. Due to limited space at the hospital in the early days, when Mr. McKinley began the pharmacy he was given a room that measured nine feet square and that had been converted from a restroom. He served as the entire department for three years while they were located at the Baker Estate before moving to the new building. Feeling that he had achieved all the goals he had created for himself and the pharmacy, he stepped down as Chief of Pharmacy Services in 1977 but continued to serve in the capacity as assistant. He served MD Anderson for more than 30 years before retiring.
James D. McKinley, speaks to Lesley W. Brunet about his career with MD Anderson, his time in the service, and his work with chemotherapy. The interview took place on March 27, 2003 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.
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Interview conducted between James D. McKinley and Lesley W. Brunet on March 27, 2003 in Houston, Texas
James D. McKinley Oral History Interview 1, March 27, 2003, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Oral history was edited by Elvira Lynn Alayon, UNT Intern, Summer 2011