Making Cancer History Voices Collection
Ornell H. Balzer Oral History Interview 1, September 4, 2003
Ornell Balzer was one of the first four nurses to work at M.D. Anderson. She was born in Shaws Bend, near Columbus in central Texas and graduated from the Brackenridge School of Nursing at University of Texas in Austin in 1949. Her career at M.D. Anderson began in 1949. She spent three years at M.D. Anderson before leaving to work in a doctor’s office. In 1960 Ms. Balzer returned to M.D. Anderson as the head nurse during the start of the cancer center and later worked in radiotherapy. She was well-known to many employees at M.D. Anderson and can be seen in photos in the MdGovern Visitors Gallery and in the historical text, “The First Twenty Years of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute.” Ornell Balzer passed away on October 9, 2005 at the age of 93.
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Interview between Ornell H. Balzer and Lesley W. Brunet on September 4, 2003 in Friendswood, Texas.
Ornell H. Balzer Oral History Interview 1, September 4, 2003, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Oral history was edited by Jewelry Yep, HRC Intern, February 2011