[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 1)]
In 1972, journalist Donald A. Schanche (1926-1994) conducted a series of interviews with DeBakey as part of his research for
a planned biography. Schanche worked on the project for several years, but the book was never completed. Several letters in
the NLM DeBakey Papers indicate that Schanche, though a talented, experienced writer and editor, had difficulty drafting DeBakey's
life story because of the sheer number and variety of DeBakey's interests and achievements. In 1976, Schanche joined the
Foreign Division of the Los Angeles Times, and moved to Cairo. It appears that neither he nor DeBakey were able to follow
up with the biography.
Topics covered in this interview include: DeBakey's experience of growing up in Lake Charles; his parents' backgrounds,
values, high standards; learning to sew with his mother & gardening with his father; family activities, including a year
abroad in 1921; working at his father's store; early school experiences and his love of learning; going to New Orleans
to attend Tulane University; being a perfectionist, and his dislike of mediocrity.
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1972-01-03 (January 3, 1972)
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.