Voices from the Past


O.W. Hyman Retirement Dinner—May 23, 1961

In the 90 years that the Health Science Center has been located in Memphis, Orren W. Hyman, Vice President of the Medical Units, is one of its most imposing figures. Stories about his administrative acumen and his personal qualities are told and retold on campus. In May of 1961, shortly before he was to leave office, a retirement dinner was held in his honor. At this dinner the speakers below talked for over an hour about their experiences and their recollections of the honored guest. It is our good fortune that many of the stories told about Dr. Hyman are recorded here by some of the people who worked with him and who knew him.

A reel-to-reel audio recording of this occasion was discovered in the James Etteldorf Collection of the Health Sciences Historical Collections. It was digitized and, although the tape is now 40 years old, the voices are still remarkably clear. A description of each speaker's comments is given along with an approximate run time in minutes.

Roland Alden

Roland Alden, Ph.D.

Dean, Basic Medical Sciences

Dr. Alden is the moderator. In addition to introducing the speakers, he tells of his experiences and stories about Dr. Hyman.
Roland Alden - Introduction (Run time 5:47)external link


Andrew Holt

Andrew Holt, Ph.D., LL.D.

President, University of Tennessee

Dr. Holt speaks with animation and humor about what he learned from Dr. Hyman in the year since becoming President of UT in 1959. He describes point by point what he learned from Dr. Hyman as a "postgraduate course in university administration."
Andrew Holt Shares Memories of Dr. Hyman (Run time 14:28)external link


Roland Alden

Roland Alden, Ph.D.

Dean, Basic Medical Sciences

Dr. Alden comments on Dr. Hyman's virtues by recounting a river hunting trip, a trip to the Rocky Mountains involving a hornets nest, and an unanticipated drive into a country river after getting lost.
Roland Alden's Tale of a Rocky Mountain Trip (Run time 4:47)external link


Maston Callison

Maston Callison, M.D.

Dean, College of Medicine

Dr. Callison remembers some early details of how the Medical Units evolved, beginning in 1913 when Dr. Hyman arrived from Mississippi as a new faculty member. He provides a biographical sketch of Dr. Hyman's early years and recounts how Dr. Hyman guided the Medical Units through the 20's and the Great Depression.
Maston Callison Speaks on the Evolution of Medical Units (Run time 19:40)external link


Roland Alden

Roland Alden, Ph.D.

Dean, Basic Medical Sciences

Dr. Alden relates how Dean Robert L. Crowe influenced Dr. Hyman's administrative character by recounting an incident that occurred while river bar goose hunting.
Roland Alden Talks about Dr. Hyman's Administrative Character (Run time 2:53)external link


Wassell Randolph

Wassell Randolph

Philanthropist

Mr. Randolph praises Dr. Hyman for his success in building the administrative quadrangle, which today includes the Hyman Building and recounts stories of Dr. Hyman's relationship with members of the board of trustees.
Wassell Randolph Praises Dr. Hyman's Administrative Efforts (Run time 14:38)external link


Roland Alden

Roland Alden, Ph.D.

Dean, Basic Medical Sciences

In this short presentation, Dr. Alden tells a story that illustrates how Dr. Hyman developed his strong sense of initiative.
Roland Alden Talks about Dr. Hyman's Sense of Initiative (Run time 1:40)external link


T.P. Nash

T.P. Nash, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Biological Sciences

Dr. Nash presents the gifts funded from the donations of friends and colleagues as an expression of their appreciation. Gifts include a bound collection of letters from friends and colleagues and a stereo system with long playing records.
T.P. Nash Presents Gifts (Run time 2:58)external link


O.W. Hyman

O.W. Hyman, MD

Vice President, UT Medical Units

Dr. Hyman accepts the kind words of the preceding speakers, and comments on the Medical Units, his retirement and the future. Dr. Alden adjourns the evening.
O.W. Hyman's Closing Speech (Run time 8:02)external link