An Interview with Frances Goff, June 07, 1977, Part 3

An Interview with Frances Goff, June 07, 1977, Part 3



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Texas Politics, Cancer




An Interview with Frances Goff

Director of Special Projects at MD Anderson

Video Profiles with Don Macon

June 7, 1977

Review and Set Up of Part 3 of the Interview

B: Overview

Story Codes

A: Overview;

00:00:01 – Review of set up of Part 3 of the video interview.

MD Anderson Architecture, Interior Furnishings, and Expansions

B: MD Anderson Past

B: Building the Institution

00:00:25 – Starting with the conclusion of the first phase of the new MD Anderson hospital in the Texas Medical Center in 1954, Ms. Goff talks about the architecture and interior furnishings. The genesis of the signature “pink marble” (initially “Georgia Pink” or Etowah, later “Marble Creek”) found in MD Anderson building construction was envisioned by Dr. R. Lee Clark, who when traveling years earlier through Georgia, saw the marble in a building at Emory University and thought it represented “sunrise and hope” and vowed someday to build something out of it. Subsequent additions and renovations, including the Gimbel Building, Lutheran Pavillion and Chapel are reviewed.

MD Anderson Print Shop, Phone System, Event Planning, Expansion Oversight

A: Professional Path

B: Building the Institution

C: Donations, Gifts, Contributions

00:08:32 – Ms. Goff’s other responsibilities over the years included supervision of the MD Anderson’s print shop quality control and growth, oversight of the greatly expanded and capable Centrex 2 phone system serving the University of Texas system at Houston, and conference event planning at the Shamrock Hilton among other locations, which occasionally included dancing with an enthusiastic dancer named Dr. Albert Bruce Sabin, who is best known for developing the oral polio vaccine. More discussion of renovations, consolidations and additions to MD Anderson with review of MD Anderson cancer care bed growth from 30 offsite beds housed at Hermann Hospital and Riverside General, formerly known as the Houston Negro Hospital, to a goal of 600 onsite beds upon completion of renovations discussed in this interview. Finally, a brief mention of private funding of MD Anderson after 1956, with the largest gift ever given (at the time of this interview) to MD Anderson by a couple named [The Johnsons]?.

The American Legion Auxillary’s Texas Girls State

A: Professional Service beyond MD Anderson

00:16:08 – Ms. Goff talks about the American Legion Auxillary-sponsored program Girls State of Texas and conversation with Captain [Billie Murray]? (in the Judge Advocates during World War II) about government authenticity within the program that led to Ms. Goff becoming the Director of Girls State. Having served over 25 years as Director, she discusses Girls State program content and selection criteria of girls that have completed their junior year in high school. Texas Girls State meets in Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, and while there, they tour and hold their Girls State government meetings in the Texas Legislature chambers in Austin.

Awards and Hanging Photographs in Ms. Goff’s Office

A: Professional Service beyond MD Anderson

A: Influences from People and Life Experiences

00:28:07 –Ms. Goff points to pictured wall of her office photographs of former Girls States Citizens and notes their current vocations. The interview then covers some of Ms. Goff’s recognitions and awards, which include: Honorary Citizen and Goodwill Ambassador of Seguin, Texas by Mayor Alfred H. Koebig, Dedicated Service Award from the American Legion Auxillary Blue Bonnet Girls State, Award in Grateful Appreciation from Girls State Staff & Citizens, Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Youth Conference, American Legion Auxiliary Life gold membership card, Women in Communications Matrix Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Community, 25 Years of Dedicated Service to Girls State Bicentennial plaque, and the first Citywide Honorary Member Beta Sigma Phi. Finally, photographs and drawings are shown of Ms. Goff’s close friend’s children, who Ms. Goff considered her “family.”

00:39:30 Video info & credits

00:39:49 End of video

An Interview with Frances Goff, June 07, 1977, Part 3