Chapter 18: Travel, Photography, and a Story about Meerkats

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Chapter 18: Travel, Photography, and a Story about Meerkats

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In this segment, Dr. Tomasovic talks about his retirement, noting that he has more energy now that he can spend more time taking care of himself. He talks about getting back into the photography and he has planned several of the eco-travel trips he and his wife enjoy, including a trip to India to see tigers. He tells an amusing anecdote connected to a photo snapped of him during his first trip to Africa: he is reclining in a meerkat colony, with meerkats perched on his hat and hip. He tells of sending that photo for use at the awards banquet when he was elected to the UT Academy of Health Science Education. Popping up amid the formal shots of other awardees, his photo caused a lot of reaction among the attendees. At the interview’s close, he returns to the subject of Dr. DePihno, noting that the focus on institutional growth caused MD Anderson to lose some of its connection to people –a key part of the culture that R. Lee Clark established. Dr. DePinho’s “common touch,” he believes, will help turn the culture of MD Anderson back to those roots. In this segment, Dr. Tomasovic also talks about the human side of R. Lee Clark.

Publication Date

11-11-2011

Publisher

The Historical Resources Center, The Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

City

Houston, Texas

Interview Session

Stephen Tomasovic, Ph.D., Oral History Interview, November 11, 2014

Topics Covered

The Interview Subject's Story - Post Retirement Activities; Character, Values, Beliefs, Talents; Personal Background; Post Retirement Activities; Portraits; MD Anderson Culture; MD Anderson History; Funny Stories; Human Stories

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oncology | Oral History

Chapter 18: Travel, Photography, and a Story about Meerkats

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