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Making Cancer History Voices Collection

Cecil Brewer Interview 1

Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection:
Interviewee: Brewer, Cecil
Interviewer: Brunet, Lesley W.
Title: Cecil Brewer Interview 1
Date: June 14, 2006
Abstract This interview with Cecil Brewer begins with his early childhood experiences and influences. He then discusses his nursing education and first nursing job at Parker Memorial Hospital while still in school at Bishop College. The interview ends with his contributions to M. D. Anderson and the evolution of the field of nursing.
Collection ID: OH-BrewerC-20060614
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 1.5 hours
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library,The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

Cecil Brewer is a trailblazer in the field of nursing. He was among the first black male nurses at M. D. Anderson and possibly the first. Brewer joined M. D. Anderson in 1970 as a student nurse and became a Registered Nurse (RN) two years later. In 1992, he was honored by Texas Nurses Association (TNA) District 9 for achievements and contributions to the nursing profession. Brewer attributes his strong work ethic to being raised on a farm and learning responsibility at an early age.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brewer, Cecil
Hilkemeyer, Renilda
Alt, Joyce
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- history
M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. Dept. of Head and Neck Surgery
Prairie View A&M University. College of Nursing
Oncologic Nursing
Neoplasms -- nursing
Hospital Departments
Hospitals, Special
Nurses, Male
Houston (Tex.)
Oral History

Administrative Information


Interview conducted between Cecil Brewer and Lesley W. Brunet on June 14, 2006.

Preferred Citation

Cecil Brewer Interview 1, June 14, 2006, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Processing Information

Oral history was edited by Jewelry Yep, HRC Intern, March 2011



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