Texas Hero Dr. James H. “Red” Duke

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to catch up with Dr. “Red” Duke.  I photographed him in the surgery room at Memorial Hermann. Dr-Red-Duke-with-Evin-Thayer I even had to put on scrubs or as they call them “bunny suits”. Dr-Red-Duke         As we walked the hospital hallways he greeted everyone with enthusiasm and it really is apparent he is still the star of the show at Memorial Hermann.  His energy and devotion to helping other people make him a true Texas hero.  He established Houston’s Hermann Hospital Life Flight operations in 1976 and remains the medical director of its trauma and emergency services. When I was photographing him about a decade ago he started up the conversation by saying “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, so just do the best you can.”  His real Texas character and down-home nature make him truly one of a kind.  I know everyone in the Houston area is very grateful for his incredible service to our community. Dr-Red-Duke-Life-Flight-Helicopter



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