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Thomas R. Cole, PhD papers

Dr. Thomas R. Cole speaking, Fall 1991. MS225-b5f3-rCWM, MS 225 Thomas R. Cole, PhD papers, McGovern Historical Center, TMC Library

New addition! The McGovern Historical Center recently received an accrual to the papers of Thomas R. Cole, PhD, and the new materials are now available for research! An updated finding aid is available at

Thomas R. Cole is Professor of Oslerian Medicine and was the founding Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His work is concerned with how society and the medical field view Aging and the ethical practice of medicine, especially within Geriatrics.

Dr. Cole’s work also reflects the passion he has for autobiography and the telling of an individual’s ‘story.’ Cole has hosted several writing workshops and other programs to help people record their life’s memories. This passion has also led him to produce films such as The Strange Demise of Jim Crow and books such as No Color is My Kind: The Life of Eldrewey Stearns and the Desegregation of Houston.

The Thomas R. Cole, PhD papers document his scholarly projects as well as the history of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics. The new additions focus on the Sacred Vocation Program, Dr. Cole’s teaching, and presentations and events in which he was involved. Going beyond his activities at UTHealth and in the Texas Medical enter, the materials also reflect his involvement in professional organizations, conferences, and events. In addition to paper records, there are also some CDs and DVDs.