Frederick F. Becker, MD, Oral History Interview, June 19, 2008

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Frederick F. Becker, MD, Oral History Interview, June 19, 2008

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Description

Major Topics Covered:

  • Personal and educational background; personal stories about MD Anderson figures, recruitment to MD Anderson, promotion to VP of Research, the working environment and culture
  • The Department of Pathology: vision for in 1976, evolution of
  • Views of R. Lee Clark, Charles LeMaistre, and other early MD Anderson figures MD Anderson as a Texas institution

Identifier

BeckerFF_01_20080619

Publication Date

6-19-2008

Publisher

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

City

Houston, Texas

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Topics Covered

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas System. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute

Disciplines

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

About the Interview

About the Interview Subject:

Pathologist Frederick F. Becker (b. July 23, 1931 in New York City) was recruited to MD Anderson in 1976 to serve as Chair of Pathology. He quickly made a research impact with his discovery of epigenetic changes during pre-malignancy and in malignant tumors. He served as the first Vice President for Research from 1979 until his retirement in 1998, during which time he redesigned the center’s research format, recruited outstanding basic scientists and department chairs, promoted collaborative interdisciplinary research and shepherded extensive physical expansion. From 1998 until 2001, he was a special advisor to M. D. Anderson President John Mendelsohn, M.D., who credited Becker with “creating the scholarly climate in which research has flourished at M. D. Anderson.”

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