Interview with Dr. Richard T. Eastwood
Part of Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project records
Interview with Dr. Richard T. Eastwood by Don Macon. An MDA-TV Production, Medical Communication. Produced for the University of Texas - Texas Medical Cent Historical Resources Project. Video Recorded 8/28/75. MDAH Master # 365-1-75. Runtime is 31:28 minutes.
(0:18) Don Macon introduces the program and Richard T. Eastwood, Executive Vice President and Director of Texas Medical Center, Inc.
(0:50) Eastwood offers some details of his biography, beginning on a farm in Nebraska.
(2:53) Eastwood describes his time working on the farm, including shucking corn. He cites his decision to go to college.
(6:20) Eastwood cites his attendance at Tarkio College in Missouri, where he finished 1936. He reports considering a law career, teaching high school business and history courses, and in 1938 deciding to go back to school. He recounts helping build tennis courts in the summer of 1934.
(8:52) He speaks of the University of Nebraska, where he got his master’s degree in 1939. He recounts further education and work at the University of Wisconsin and University of Alabama.
(11:38) He describes his activities during World War II, including a commission and brief time at Harvard.
(12:07) Eastwood speaks about meeting his wife, Elizabeth Comer [sp?], whom he married in 1942.
(12:45) Returning to the topic of the war, he describes a move to New Orleans, where he was in charge of a training program at Fleet Operational Training Command. He then applied for sea duty and went to the Pacific, including the Okinawa campaign.
(13:58) Eastwood describes the end of the war and his return to Alabama and Wisconsin. He speaks in more detail about his role at Alabama and the evolution of programs at Birmingham and the Medical Center.
(17:55) He begins discussing how he came to Houston. He was to visit TIRR and meet with Dr. William Spencer, and then attend the Alabama-Houston football game.
(18:45) Eastwood mentions how his name came up for the TMC position. Macon and Eastwood speak about Dr. Frederick Elliott, who was retiring in 1962. Eastwood speaks in more detail about his decision to take the TMC job.
(23:09) Macon talks about the TMC and the responsibilities of the job. Eastwood discusses projects underway and his vision for more centralized resources such as a computer facility.
(26:03) Eastwood discusses highlights of his tenure. He mentions specific instances of cooperation and centralization, such as the childcare facility, laundry, computer facility, residence halls, heating and cooling facility, library expansion, and changes to parking and traffic.
(29:51) Macon concludes the interview by thanking Eastwood for his efforts.
Eastwood, Richard T.