A new DVD chronicling Waxahachie history will debut at 7 tonight at the Ellis County Museum annual membership meeting.
Author Rob Tenery, M.D. will discuss his recent book, “Dr. Mayo’s Boy, A Century of American Medicine,” and his Waxahachie photo-history DVD project.
The Waxahachie High School grad (class of 1960), now a Dallas ophthalmologist who also lectures at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, is a third-generation doctor and his grandfather, W.C. Tenery, started the Waxahachie Sanitarium, which was later named for him. It remained W.C. Tenery Hospital until Baylor University Medical System took it over.
Tenery said Wednesday he’s looking forward to the meeting.
“Coming home is always exciting,” he said.
Tenery is almost finished creating a DVD that chronicles, in photos, movies and sound, the history of Waxahachie. “From Its Beginnings” will be available for purchase at the museum in the fall – and Tenery is donating copies as a fundraiser for the museum.
The DVD will contain a history of Waxahachie, using landmarks to tell of the events that made the city what it is today, he said.
“I hope it will increase the revenue to the museum to help it grow. I think it will be exciting for all of us who grew up in Waxahachie. We’ve never had a visual story to tell – the Daily Light put out a really good book, but this is actually like a movie,” Tenery said.
A preview of the DVD will be viewable at the meeting.
“Hopefully it brings Waxahachie to light over the years,” he said.
Tenery is also the author of “Dr. Mayo’s Boy: A Century of American Medicine,” a book that chronicles the medical experiences of a family of Texas physicians in small town Waxahachie and big city Dallas.
Full of stories that are often heartening in their humanity and sometimes disturbing in what they reveal about health care, “Dr. Mayo’s Boy” explores how physicians have viewed their commitment to their patients, how they sacrificed to meet the challenges they face and how the practice of medicine has changed over almost 60 years.
Dean Ornish, M.D., founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute University of California, San Francisco, reviewed the book and called it extraordinary.
“By telling a spellbinding story of three generations of physicians, Rob Tenery traces the evolution of health care in this country and shows how much medicine has gained — and lost — in the past hundred years,” Ornish said.
Ellis County Museum director Shannon Simpson said Tenery’s presentation should be of interest to area history buffs.
“The museum is always looking for speakers whose experience relates to county or city history. His recent book, ‘Dr. Mayo’s Boy, A Century of American Medicine’ talks about early medical practices in the county and the qualities that make a successful doctor successful … you might be surprised,” Simpson said.
Tenery is the third of three generations of physicians whose careers span the last 100 years. He began his writing career when he authored commentaries about events impacting health care. His expertise representing medical organizations led him to become a monthly contributor for American Medical News from 1990-1998. From there, he decided to pen his book. He and his wife, Janet, have two children and four grandchildren.
For more information, visit www.robtenerymd.com.
Refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. The museum is at 201 S College St. in Waxahachie. For additional information, call 972-937-0681.
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