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Posted: November 20, 2015

The late CBS journalist and commentator, Andy Rooney, once said, “It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.” His point is well taken: aging is a topic few of us like to dwell on nor try to define. Yet it’s a state of life none of us can avoid.

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Dr. Grant Taylor and early teleconferencing

Posted: September 18, 2015

Consider all we have at our fingertips. Today we can ask Google to find the latest trend in just about any medical topic and within seconds have access to publications, even live teleconferences and presentations from the far corners of the world. Not so in the early 1960s here in the Texas Medical Center. Fortunately, one early University of Texas faculty member had a vision.

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Edgar Odell Lovett and Rice University

Posted: July 15, 2015

Rice University and the Texas Medical Center (TMC) have a long history as neighbors and collaborators. UTHealth and TMC-wide faculty collaborations with Rice provide much to be proud of for the benefit of student learning and medical research. But how did Rice University come to be our neighbor in the first place and where does the name “Rice” come from? The story behind the creation of Rice University rivals even the best detective novels to be found in your corner bookstore.

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Hermann Professional Building and Parking Garage

Posted: May 19, 2015

When George Hermann died in 1914, Houston lost a most beloved citizen. Hermann, a lifelong bachelor who said he could not afford a wife, left part of his fortune for his city to have a charity hospital in his name. But what about the Hermann Professional Building across the street from the hospital at 6410 Fannin with matching red tiled roof that was purchased by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in 2004 and renamed the UTHealth Professional Building?

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Ernst Bertner: Father of the Texas Medical Center

Posted: April 10, 2015

For decades, he’s been called the “father of the Texas Medical Center.” Take a look at the streets through the Texas Medical Center bearing the names of many of our community’s forefathers. Bertner Avenue stands out above all others as the main artery running through the very heart of the medical center, a 1 ½ mile-stretch connecting the Jesse H. Jones Library Building to the north and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) South Campus to the south.

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Bryant Boutwell

‘Bout Time is about connecting our past to our present. Dr. Bryant Boutwell is the John P. McGovern Professor of Oslerian Medicine at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics and a Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the author of two books on the history of Houston and the Texas Medical Center and writes this column to share the stories of our past—stories that define who we are and how we got here.

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