Karen K. Harrison, Oral History Interview, June 7, 2013
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Major Topics Covered:
- Memories of Page Lawson and volunteers
- Volunteer Services; history, operations; events
- The “MD Anderson Annex,” Mrs. Harrison’s privately run residence for patients undergoing treatment
Chapter 07: Memorable Volunteers and Caring for Patients
Chapter 08: Recalling Volunteer Events and Volunteers
Chapter 09: Memorable Volunteers and the “MD Anderson Annex”
Chapter 10: The “MD Anderson Annex”
Chapter 12: At Eight-Three, Still Providing Service to Patients
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Harrison, Karen K. and Rosolowski, Tacey A. PhD, "Karen K. Harrison, Oral History Interview, June 7, 2013" (2013). Interview Sessions. 135.
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About the Interview
About the Interview Subject:
Mrs. Karen K. Harrison (née Kromer, b. 27 June 1929, Shamrock, Texas) began to volunteer at MD Anderson in 1968. She became a paid employee of the institution in 1980, when she began managing the Children’s Art Project (originally called, The Children’s Christmas Card Project), an increasingly important revenue generator for the institution. In 1990 she was promoted to Assistant Director of Volunteer Services. She retired from that role in 1996 and took a hiatus from service to MD Anderson. In 2005, however, she began hosting patients in her home on an informal basis, a service she continues to provide to the institution.