Thursday, December 15, 2011

Starr-Edwards oral history project

Historical Collections & Archives is participating in a new oral history project that will collect first-hand accounts of the development of the Starr-Edwards heart valve. We recently received DVDs of the first two interviews in this project:

Arne Solberg (pictured above left, with Richard Farnsworth and M. Lowell Edwards), worked as a machinist for Edwards. Mr. Solberg discusses in detail the innovative technical processes that led to the success of the Starr-Edwards valve.

Jeri Dobbs is a perfusionist who began working for Dr. Albert Starr in 1966. In his interview, he shares vivid memories of working on Starr's research team.

Both subjects were interviewed by Rich Mullins, MD. I'm looking forward to working with Dr. Mullins and producer Matt Simek to add more interviews to this project. Historical Collections & Archives will preserve DVDs and transcripts of interviews, as well as administrative records of the project.

An interview with Dr. Albert Starr is also available as part of the OHSU Oral History Program. The recording and transcript can be checked out from the Main Library.

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