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The Michael E. DeBakey Papers

[Michael DeBakey by his own statue at the Alkek Tower Dedication]
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DeBakey had an office in the Alkek Tower of the Fondren/Brown Building. He played an active role in securing funds for the tower, an addition that was created with the goal of expanding research at Baylor College of Medicine.
The tower is named for Albert Alkek, whose patronage of DeBakey's cardiovascular research "launched Baylor College of Medicine into the top tier of academic medicine." Alkek was an oilman and lifelong friend of DeBakey. His wife, Margaret McFarland Alkek, was also a great patron of the Baylor College of Medicine. DeBakey said of the Alkeks: "When you try to measure, or describe, the impact the Alkek has had on the Texas Medical Center, it's practically unimaginable. People, not just in Houston but nationally and worldwide, are benefitting from heart pumps, techniques, and technologies that were developed here, in facilities provided largely by Albert Alkek and, subsequently, the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation."
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1 (134,099 Bytes)
Date Supplied:
11 May 1978
Reproduced with permission of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives.
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New Directions for Cardiac Surgery and for Baylor, 1963-2008
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Photographic prints
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Series: Photographs and Artworks, [ca. 1908]-2007
SubSeries: Professional Photographs, 1917-2007
SubSubSeries: Tributes and Awards
Folder: Alkek Tower Dedication and DeBakey Statue Unveiling, 1978 May 11
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