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Murdina MacFarquhar Desmond, MD papers

  • MS 054
  • Collection
  • 1948-86

The Murdina MacFarquhar Desmond, MD papers contains photographs of Dr. Desmond as a medical student, Naval officer, and a faculty member of Baylor College of Medicine. The main portion of her papers deal with her work at Jefferson Davis Hospital, including grants she received from the John A. Hartford Foundation, and at Texas Children's Hospital.

Some background material and photographs of the illustrations she used in the book, Newborn Medicine and Society: European Background and American Practice (1750-1975), are included. Reprints of her journal articles are also available. She donated many books on the newborn and on pediatrics. These books have been cataloged and are available through the HAM-TMC Library's online catalog.

Desmond, Murdina M., 1916-

Drs. Hill, Blattner, Rudolph, Desmond at the dedication of the Murdina M. Desmond Transitional Care Nursey at Ben Taub General Hospital

Left to right, Dr. Reba Michels Hill, Dr. Russell Blattner, Dr. Arnold Jack Rudolph, Dr. Murdina Desmond. Dedication took place April 24,1992 in Houston, Texas. Black-and-white photograph measures 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Accompanied by a speech and letter written by Dr. Reba Michels Hill.

Dr. Hill and Dr. Desmond at the dedication of the Murdina M. Desmond Transitional Care Nursey at Ben Taub General Hospital

Dr. Reba Michels Hill holds two photographs within one frame - one is of Dr. Desmond, the other of the transitional care nursery team. Dr. Desmond holds a plaque. Dedication took place April 24, 1992 in Houston, Texas. Black-and-white photograph measures 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Accompanied by a speech and letter written by Dr. Reba Michels Hill.

Dr. Desmond speaks at the dedication of the Murdina M. Desmond Transitional Care Nursey at Ben Taub General Hospital

Dr. Desmond stands at a podium. Two photographs within one frame rest on the ground, leaning against the podium. This dedication took place April 24, 1992 in Houston, Texas. Black-and-white photograph measures 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Accompanied by a speech and letter written by Dr. Reba Michels Hill.

Transcript of oral history interview with Dr. Murdina Desmond

A typed, thirty-four page transcript of an interview conducted by Charles T. Morrissey with Dr. Desmond at her residence in Houston, Texas, on June 16, 1987, as part of the Baylor College of Medicine Oral History Project. Includes a bar graph showing deliveries at Jefferson Davis Hospital, Houston, Texas, from 1920 to 1984.

Baylor College of Medicine

MacFarquhar family in Carteret, New Jersey, circa 1927

Margaret MacFarquhar and her three children - Mary, Murdina, and Murdo, stand together in front of porch steps in Carteret, New Jersey, circa 1927, in a 3" x 2" black-and white-photograph with a 1/2" white border. Reverse labeled, "Mom, Murdina, Mary and Murdo, Carteret, N.J., 1928 Atlantic St." Also, "Mary, Margaret, Murdo MacFarquhar," and "1926 January." 1926 is marked over with an X and remarked 1927.

Portrait of Dr. Desmond in military uniform

Murdina MacFarquhar Desmond wearing uniform of U.S. Naval Reserve Women's Reserve, in front of white office blinds, in a 3 3/8" x 2 1/2" black-and-white photograph with 1/4" white border. Reverse labeled "Lt jg [Lieutenant Junior Grade] Murdina M. MacFarquhar Medical Corps (Women) United States Naval Reserve, probably 1944 World War II."

Dr. Desmond and nurse at military base

Dr. Desmond stands with an unknown nurse in front of a quonset hut in a 2 1/2" x 3 1/8" black-and-white photograph. Reverse labeled "Dr. Mac." Accompanying description notes "U.S. Naval Reserve, Jan. 1944-July 1946. With nurse at Naval Dispensary, Pearl Harbor."

Portrait of Dr. Desmond in military uniform

Portrait 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" black-and-white photograph with 1/8" white border showing Dr. Desmond's head and shoulders and wearing uniform of Women's Reserve, United States Naval Reserve. Mounted on cardboard. Reverse labeled in pencil "57495=MC7," and stamped in red ink "L. BAMBERGER & CO. PICTURES-FRAMES-MIRRORS. MAY 11 1945."

Bamberger, L., & Co.

Man with corralled sheep herd

An unidentified man, possibly Dr. Desmond's father, Alexander MacFarquhar, sits by stacked stone walls that contain a sheep herd in this 4 1/2" x 5 7/8" black-and-white photograph. Reverse labeled in pencil, "45343."

Portrait of Dr. Desmond, 1962

Portrait photograph of Dr. Desmond measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" and printed on cardstock. Reverse stamped in black ink, "Medical Photographic Laboratory, Jefferson Davis Hospital, Houston, Texas, File no. 32, Date 10-30-62."

Medical Photographic Laboratory, Jefferson Davis Hospital (Houston, Tex.)

Doctors Hansen, Browne, and Desmond in discussion at Meyer Clinic, Houston, Texas

Accompanying description states, "Drs. Hansen (?) Browne & Desmond at Meyer Center discussing Desmond clinic."The doctors stand in conversation in an examination room with medical equipment in a color photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2", with a narrow black border. A framed poster on the wall reads, "It's OK to be You!"

Dr. Desmond receives the Baylor Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award from Dr. Jerry C. Marcontell

Accompanying correspondence indicates photograph was taken during the Baylor Medical Alumni Association annual banquet on June 12, 1976. Dr. Desmond smiles at the camera while holding the award with Dr. Jerry C. Marcontell, the new president of the alumni association. Black-and-white photograph measures 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a narrow white border.

Group photograph of Doctors Taylor, Desmond, Hsu, and McNamara in Blattner Conference Room

Doctors wearing formal attire stand together in front of a framed portrait of Dr. Russell Blattner. Reverse labeled, "Drs Taylor Desmond Hsu & McNamara[,] Blattner Conf. Rm. TCH," referring to Dr. Fred M. Taylor, Dr. Murdina M. Desmond, Dr. Katherine Hsu, and Mr. Dan G. McNamara. Color photograph measures 5" x 6 3/4".

Friends of the Newborn Meeting (Houston, Texas), 1957

Eight women, many with papers or notebooks in front of them, sit at a table. Dr. Desmond sits second from the left. Black-and-white photograph measures 3 5/8" x 9 1/2" and is printed on 8" x 10" photographic paper, with three hole punches along one long side of the paper. Handwritten text below image reads, "Friends of the Newborn Meetg [sic] 1957."

Dr. Murdina Desmond and Dr. Virginia Apgar at neonatalogy conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Drs. Desmond and Apgar sit near each other in a row of chairs. Unidentified conference participants are visible in the background. Accompanying description states, "Dr. Virginia Apgar & Murdina Desmond[.] Speakers at a perinatal-neo conference in Oklahoma, Tulsa circa 1960. Photo from Joan DeVilbiss, R.N. Asst. Prof TWU." Black-and-white photograph measures 4 5/8" x 6 5/8", and has a narrow white border.

DeVilbiss, Joan

Dr. Desmond accepting fundraising check for Texas Children's Hospital at Hanna Barbera Land (Spring, Texas), 1984

Dr. Desmond holds a giant novelty check for $5,000 dated March 1984 to the Texas Children's Hospital from Alexander Weber, Jr. of Hanna Barbera Land. Three unidentified men in business suits stand with Dr. Desmond outdoors in front of a sign for Hanna Barbera Showplace. Reverse labeled, "TCH Fundraiser 1984." Black-and-white photograph measures 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" and has a white border.

Mrs. Cullen, Dr. Feigin, unidentified board member, Dr. Desmond, and Dr. Williamson examine blueprints and construction of Texas Children's Hospital

Group members wear hard hats and hold blueprints while standing together in a partially constructed room. Reverse labeled, "TCH [Texas Children's Hospital] expansion Mrs Cullen, Feigin, ? Board member, Desmond[,] Williamson," referring to Dr. Ralph Feigin, Dr. Murdina Desmond, and Dr. W. Danny Williamson. The number 869744 is written in pencil on reverse. Black-and-white photograph measures 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" and has a white border.

Dr. Desmond receives the Wyeth Award

Per an accompanying article from the Houston Chronicle dated October 7, 1962, Dr. Desmond accepts a check from a representative of Wyeth Laboratories while accompanied by Dr. Russell Blattner and Dean Stanley Olson in early October, 1962. Black-and-white photograph measures 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" and has a 1/4" white border.

Dr. Desmond receives the Wyeth Award

Per an accompanying article from the Houston Chronicle dated October 7, 1962, Dr. Desmond accepts a check from a representative of Wyeth Laboratories while accompanied by Dr. Russell Blanter and Dean Stanley Olson in early October, 1962. Black-and-white photograph measures 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" and has a 1/4" white border.

Dr. Desmond receives the Wyeth Award

Per an accompanying article from the Houston Chronicle dated October 7, 1962, Dr. Desmond accepts a check from a representative of Wyeth Laboratories while accompanied by Dr. Russell Blanter and Dean Stanley Olson in early October, 1962. Black-and-white photograph measures 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" and has a 1/4" white border.

Dr. Desmond receives a plaque at her retirement party

Dr. Desmond is seated in front of wallpapered wall with wainscoting. In front of her is a vertical, clear glass plaque with the engraved words, "Recommendation of Commendation, Murdina MacFarquhar Desmond MD." Reverse labeled, "Dr M Desmond Emeritus Nov. 87 cl.cl. Office of public affairs." Crop marks visible on front of photo. Black-and-white photograph measures 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" and has a 1/4" white border.

Office of Public Affairs, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Arnold J. Rudolph and Dr. L. Stanley James at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Drs. Rudolph and James stand together in conversation with hotel decor and chandeliers visible in the background in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/4" white border. Reverse labeled, "Dr. A. Jack Rudolph, Houston, Dr. L. Stanley James, Columbia Uni NY" and stamped in black ink, "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837."

deLeon, Jim

Dr. Marta H. Lifschitz and Dr. Desmond at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Lifschitz stands at a podium and hands a wrapped present to a seated Dr. Desmond in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Dr. Reba Hill stands behind Dr. Desmond. Two flower arrangements and a big box are on the table in front of Dr. Desmond. Reverse labeled, "Dr. Marta Lifschitz" and stamped in black ink, "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837."

deLeon, Jim

Dr. Marta H. Lifschitz and Dr. Desmond at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Lifschitz stands at a podium and hands a wrapped present to a seated Dr. Desmond in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Two flower arrangements and a big box are on the table in front of Dr. Desmond. Reverse labeled, "Dr. Marta Lifschitz" and stamped in black ink, "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837."

deLeon, Jim

Drs. Feigen, Rudolph, James, Desmond, and Blattner at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Ralph Feigen, Dr. Arnold J. Rudolph, Dr. L. Stanley James, Dr. Murdina M. Desmond, and Dr. Russell J. Blattner stand together around a framed award plaque for Dr. Desmond at her retirement party in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Reverse labeled, "Feigen, Rudolph, S. James, Desmond, Blattner," and stamped in black in with "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837." Handwriting in ink next to stamp looks like "28."

deLeon, Jim

Dr. Desmond and Dr. Feigen at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Desmond stands at a podium and shares a laugh with a seated Dr. Ralph Feigen in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Reverse labeled, "Desmond & Feigen Retirement lunch," and stamped in black in, "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837."

deLeon, Jim

Rev. Margaret Desond speaks at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Rev. Margaret Desmond, Dr. Desmond's daughter, stands at a podium and is shown laughing. Seated to her left is Dr. Ralph Feigen. The decor of a hotel conference room is visible in the background in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Reverse labeled, "Mgt Desmond & Dr. Feigen," and stamped in black in, "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837."

deLeon, Jim

Dr. Desmond hold a framed award plaque

Dr. Desmond holds a framed award plaque titled, "Resolution" at her retirement party. Dr. Russell Blattner stands in the background in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Reverse is stamped in black with "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837."

deLeon, Jim

Drs. Desmond and Feigen hold an award plaque

Dr. Murdina Desmond and Dr. Ralph Feigen stand together at a podium and hold up a framed award plaque titled "Resolution" at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon in the Houston Marriott Medical Center in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Reverse is stamped in black with "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837."

deLeon, Jim

Virginia McFarland and Dr. Desmond at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Virginia Holt McFarland and Dr. Desmond speak with a unidentfied woman and man at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon in the Houston Marriott Medical Center in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Reverse labeled, "rt Mrs. McFarland (Virginia) M. Desmond" and stamped in black with "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837."

deLeon, Jim

Dr. Reba Hill speaks at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Reba Michels Hill stands at the podium at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon in a Houston Marriott Medical Center conference room in this black-and-white photograph measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Reverse labeled, "Dr. Reba Hill," and stamped in black with "Photographic Services, TCH, 6900 Fannin, Ste.670, Houston, TX 77030. Photographed by: Jim deLeon, 862837."

deLeon, Jim

Dr. Desmond holds award plaque at her retirement luncheon

Dr. Desmond smiles towards the camera while holding a framed award plaque titled "Resolution" at her retirement luncheon in the Houston Marriott Medical Center. Four men are visible in the background, possibly Drs. Feigen, Stanley, Rudolph, and Blattner; they appear in other photos with Dr. Desmond. This black-and-white photograph measures 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" with a 1/8" white border. Reverse has handwritten text "862837 neg #31."

Dr. Reba Hill speaks at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Reba Michels Hill stands at the podium at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon in a Houston Marriott Medical Center conference room in this color photograph measuring 3 1/2" x 5". Dr. Ralph Feigin is seated to the Dr. Hill's left. A photographer is partially visible and may be Jim deLeon. Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

Rev. Margaret Desond speaks at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Rev. Margaret Desmond, Dr. Desmond's daughter, speaks at a podium at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon in the Houston Marriott Medical Center hotel. Dr. Desmond's face is visible on the other side of the podium. Dr. Ralph Feigen and Virginia McFarland are seated to the right of Margaret Desmond in this color photograph measuring 3 1/2" x 5". Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

Dr. Catherine J. Roett, Loa Peterson, and Rev. Margaret Desmond at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Catherine J. Roett, Loa Peterson, and Rev. Margaret Desmond stand together at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon at the Houston Marriott Medical Center hotel in this color photograph measuring 3 1/2" x 5". Accompanying description affiliates Loa Peterson with the Meyer Center. Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

Drs. Blattner, Foster, Thannisch, and Daeschner at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Russell Blattner, Dr. Foster, Dr. George E. Thannisch, and Dr. C. William Daeschner stand together at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon at the Houston Marriott Medical Center hotel in this color photograph measuring 3 1/2" x 5". Dr. Reba Mitchel Hill is partially visible behind Dr. Blattner. Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

Drs. Russell Blattner, C. William Daeschner, Reba M. Hill, and Murdina Desmond at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

From left to right, Dr. Russell Blattner, Dr. C. William Daeschner, Dr. Reba M. Hill, and Dr. Desmond sit at a banquet table at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon at the Houston Marriott Medical Center hotel in this color photograph measuring 3 1/2" x 5". Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

Drs.L. Stanley James, Martha Yow, and Arnold J. Rudolph at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Stanley James, Dr. Martha Yow, and Dr. Arnold J. Rudolph sit at a banquet table at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon at the Houston Marriott Medical Center hotel in this color photograph measuring 3 1/2" x 5". Virginia McFarland is partially visible seated by Dr. James. Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

Drs. Desmond and Ralph Feigin, and Virginia McFarland at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Desmond stands at a podium, Dr. Ralph Feigin stands to her left, and Virginia McFarland sits at the banquet table at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon at the Houston Marriott Medical Center hotel in this color photograph measuring 3 1/2" x 5". Accompanying description indicates the partially visible person beyond the podium is Dr. Litor. Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

Dr. Desmond at her retirement party

Dr. Desmond stands at the podium at a retirement luncheon in her honor at the Houston Marriott Medical Center hotel. Dr. Ralph Feigin stands beside her. Virginia McFarland is seated at the banquet table. This color photograph measures 3 1/2" x 5". Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

Dr. Ralph Feigin at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Dr. Ralph Feigin (in blue suit) speaks with a man who has his back to the camera, possibly Dr. Aaron Mintz, at Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon at the Houston Marriott Medical Center hotel. This color photograph measures 3 1/2" x 5". Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

Attendees at Dr. Desmond's retirement party

Several attendess of Dr. Desmond's retirement luncheon at the Houston Marriott Medical Center hotel sit on both sides of a long banquet table. Glasses, bags of chips, white paper bags, and balloons are on the table. Accompanying description states, "Drs. Plumb, Nirken, & Zion." Dr. Nirken may be Dr. Milton Harry Nirken, and may be the man facing the camera and wearing a tan sweater vest. This color photograph measures 3 1/2" x 5". Reverse shows Kodak Colorwatch System logo and a stamped date of "Dec 86."

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